While children acquire a lot of knowledge in school, their learning process continues beyond the classroom. Learning outside the classroom supports a holistic education approach. It was developed to broaden the student’s learning experience and has proven to enhance the student-teacher relationship. In addition to increasing the student’s interest in education, it has numerous benefits.
It allows students to
- Undertake challenges and develop new skills
- Strengthen their self-confidence and interaction skills
- Discuss, evaluate and plan activities
- Implement theoretical knowledge into practice
- Become risk aware but not risk averse in managing their own safety
- Undertake exercise, while learning more about themselves and the environment
- Have the opportunity to work with others and contribute as ‘active citizens’ in a vast array of activities
- Have fun and achieve negotiated goals
Being able to apply their classroom knowledge in the real world, students have a better understanding, which supports their academic achievement. Research has shown that children that have been introduced to their local environment and know how to look after it are fare more likely to grow into active citizens in later life. Students, who may struggle academically, profit considerably from activities outside the classroom.
Education Outside The Classroom at Bali Island School
Bali Island School (BIS) – formerly Bali International School – has a well thought through Education Outside The Classroom (EOTC) program. Each year BIS students get the chance to leave their comfort zone and explore activities with their peers and teachers around the island.
“All students learn in different ways and connecting academics to authentic experiences and other activities outside the classroom walls deepens understanding. In addition it will enable students to learn more about our host country, Indonesia, and its culture/history as well as develop stronger relationships within their grade group and with their teachers. It is an important component of the student academics at BIS”,
explained Denise Walsh, Head of School.
All activities involve the local communities. One example is the visit of the BIS Diploma students to les village
, a poor area devastated by a massive volcano eruption in 1963 in the north of Bali. The students interact with the locals and learn their way of life as well as contributing to the development of the area.
“The EOTC to Les Village was an experience unlike anything that we had experienced before. As a part of the English teaching group it was amazing to integrate with the local community and learn with the kids as they learnt English. Being given the opportunity to be involved with a continuous school project like this will be one of the highlights of my BIS experience” says
Ruby Starr, Grade 12 Student at BIS.
Bali Island School believes that leaving the campus enables students to strengthen their social awareness, their personal development and their relationship building capacity. Outside the classroom students have the possibility to gain self-confidence, to develop leadership and teamwork skills and to contribute to the society.
In addition to this holistic approach and as part of its mission to offer a World-Class Education, Bali Island School is currently the only school in Bali that offers the International Baccalaureate programmes from preschool all the way to graduation. Learn more about Bali Island School programmes at www.baliislandschool.com