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Alma Forest School

location_on Spain

Education for a people-yet-to-come

Rather than presupposing what education should ‘produce’, we offer a space where children have the chance to explore, come alive and feel at home. Through a focus on radical empathy, consent-based teaching practices and bioregionalism, we hope to enable young people to imagine other futures. We are a space where adults can be vulnerable and young people feel empowered.

Overview

HundrED has not validated this innovation

Anyone can submit their innovation to HundrED Open. All information on this page is provided by the innovator and has not been checked by HundrED. Innovation page has been created by Philipp Klaus on November 27th, 2021

2019

Established

40

Children/users

1

Countries
Organisation
Not-for-profit
Target group
Students
Updated
November 22nd, 2022
"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."
Antoine de Saint Exupéry

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

The school was born out of a lack of alternative education options in the south of Spain and has since developed into a project that aims to develop a model of education that transgresses any dogmatic approach to what a school can and should be. Hopefully, we will be able to make this model of education available to more families by opening further small schools in the future.

How does your innovation work in practice?

In practice, this kind of education is inherently unpredictable. Our students take the lead in generating questions and topics to investigate. One month, we will spend much of our time at the beach while other months are spent dwelling on the origins of life and what the future holds. We gravitate towards the natural world around us but don’t shy away from the abstract. Our students spend time developing their academic skills in workshops in order to access ideas and share their understanding. They spend a good portion of their time in school developing their own self-directed projects and studies. We value play, unstructured time and opportunities to form strong relationships.

How has it been spreading?

From our humble beginnings, we have become a destination school with people from around the world moving to the area to enrol their children. Increased enrolment has also allowed us to offer subsidized spaces for families that could not otherwise afford a private school.

If I want to try it, what should I do?


We are always happy to share our ideas and help others wanting to create spaces in which children can thrive. Get in touch and talk to us. Another good starting point is to spend time visiting and talking to schools that do things differently in your local context. Ultimately, slow down, learning can be something beautiful once the pressure of performance and comparison with levels is abandoned.

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