Traidhos Three-Generation Community for Learning Thailand

Sustainability Networks and Partnerships Archive

‘Roots & Shoots for a Sustainable Future’ – AY08-09 (?)

This Prem Sustainability club follows Jane Goodall's International organization called Roots and Shoots whose projects and ideas seem to follow the compass model.

We recently secured our membership in the international organization and have been posting our ideas for sustainable projects at Prem on their global blog/website.

Our big project – one that we have been working on for more than a year - has to do with building a paper recycling center for Prem and the surrounding communities.

After brainstorming we came up with the following ideas:

  • Our Nature idea of the compass model is the obvious recycling of paper
  • Our Society idea is to hopefully get laws changed about recycling in the area and to educate people both at Prem and in the area
  • Our Economy idea is to take the recycled paper from the center and make products from the paper recycled that can be sold on-line and locally with artwork from the region. We would hope some of the people in the village could work at the recycle center and eventually be paid by the proceeds from the sale of paper products. This is very similar to the elephant dung paper projects seen in other parts of Thailand
  • Well-being would of course come in the form of accomplishing the other three points on the compass

We have made a lot of progress. There has been agreement from the Head of School and the Business Manager to build the recycling center, and the President Emeritus has agreed to help in meeting with village elders in presenting the idea and finding those villagers who would be willing work at the recycling center.

A potential sponsor liked the idea when it was presented to some of their representatives at a conference, and after the people working at the center have been paid, excess proceeds would go to displaced or economically challenged persons for the cost of education.

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‘Traidhos Sustainability Committee’ – AY10-13

The Rio+20 Outcome Document, The Future We Want, states:

234. We strongly encourage educational institutions to consider adopting good practises in sustainability management on their campuses and in their communities with the active participation of inter alia students, teachers, and local partners, and teaching sustainable development as an integrated component across disciplines.

At Traihdos Three Generation Community we are continually embracing these ideas, building sustainability into the Prem curriculum, working with local experts and learning from local organisations, and strategically planning for sustainability in all aspects of the Traihos operation, using the AtKisson Compass Model as a thinking tool.

As a founding member of Compass Schools Network, we are pleased to support the operation of Compass Education, through the support of a Compass Schools staff.

An adaptation of the Alan AtKisson Compass Model is presented below.

Extracted originally from: The Asia-Pacific Program of Educational Innovation for Development Annual Conference Bangkok, Thailand, 6-8 December 2006: An Introduction to the AtKisson Accelerator Suite of Multi-stakeholder Sustainable Development Learning, Training, Planning and Assessment Tools
Nature refers to the ecological systems and natural resources
Economy is the process by which resources are put to work to produce the things and services that humans want and need
Society is the collective and institutional dimension of human civilization, incorporating everything from governments to school systems to social norms regarding equity and opportunity
Well-Being refers to satisfaction and happiness of individual people -- their health, their primary relationships, and the opportunities they have to develop their full potential.

The challenge to minimise our ecological footprint has been well-documented. While this challenge is a global one, within our local community and school this same challenge creates unprecedented demands for learning, thinking, planning and decision-making in our students.

We are committed to building relationships, trust, discipline and a mutual understanding in working together towards the sustainability ideal.

Students gain a first-hand understanding of the essential "systems approach" of the Compass Model by working with all departments within our school, as well as with various community groups.

Please take the time to look at the various initiatives highlighted on our website in their different stages of completion highlighted on our website and we would be pleased to receive any comments or suggestions you may have.

Traidhos Sustainability Committee

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