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Green schools, happier students

 Liceulice (Serbia) 23 May 2019

Increased levels of aggression amongst pupils, both in Serbia and around the world, raise questions about the educational system. Some argue that the surroundings of schools contribute to youngsters’ behaviour. In Asia and North America, bush classrooms and forest libraries are bringing positive change for those who can afford it. (466 Words) - By Divna Vojinovic

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The Library in Thailand. Photo: PR

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The Library in Thailand. Photo: PR

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The Library in Thailand. Photo: PR

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The Library in Thailand. Photo: PR

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The Library in Thailand. Photo: PR

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The Branson School Student Centre in Ross, CA. Photo: PR

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The Branson School Student Centre in Ross, CA. Photo: PR

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The Branson School Student Centre in Ross, CA. Photo: PR

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The Branson School Student Centre in Ross, CA. Photo: PR

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The Branson School Student Centre in Ross, CA. Photo: PR

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The Green School in Bali. Photo: PR

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The Green School in Bali. Photo: PR

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The Green School in Bali. Photo: PR

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The Green School in Bali. Photo: PR

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The Green School in Bali. Photo: PR


New tendencies in architecture of schools, which seem to be more suitable for children, are becoming numerous. These constructions stimulate a higher success rate through its social, economical and ecological approach.

These schools are distinguished from conventional primarily by natural surroundings where the entire educational complex is situated. Schools of the future will be dislocated from the centre of town, which will give them a new character: children will be given an opportunity to investigate nature, linking the school curriculum with the core of human nature.

Studies have shown that knowledge acquired this way has a long-term effect. Children raised in a natural environment develop awareness of ecology through real experience, and the building itself is made of natural materials which suggest necessity of sustainability based on energy efficiency. Parents are not to be worried for safety of children in such schools: the already accepted concept of school buses which bring and take children home can exclude possible danger.

When Company PT Bambu in Bali built The Green School, it used bamboo as a basic constructive and architectural material which has similar properties to steel regarding consistency and firmness. This huge laboratory spans the river Ayung and a part of camp where large sustainable gardens and exotic plants are situated. There are classrooms, gym, accommodation and bathrooms, meeting rooms, offices and a small café in the camp. Plenty of beautiful, outstanding space makes students more curious and aware of the environment.

The Library in Thailand, built by the architectural studio of Rintal Egertson, is another example, this time of a social project: an orphanage where 42 children of different ages live. Local materials and techniques are used for building this two-level library, with a special attention to a natural ventilation and lighting. Projected shadows make this object a refined and warm place for kids.The building has a modern and simple form thanks to natural materials, wood and bamboo, and it doesn't differ from its natural environment.

The Branson School Student Centre, situated in the little town of Ross, north from San Francisco, USA, is focused on alternative ways of collecting and minimising energy waste through solar panels on the roof. A great amount of day light also decreases daily consumption of electric energy. In addition to natural beauty, everything is made to please and make students comfortable to learn and have fun.

Translated from Serbian into English by Marijana Rakic

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