In July 2019, UWCSEA celebrated a hallmark commitment to sustainability education and the bio-diversity of Singapore, by breaking ground on our first green classroom, the Dover Green Heart.
The Dover Green Heart was borne out of the recognition that in our increasingly urban and technology-focused world, students are more separated from the natural world than ever before. Decreased exposure to the natural environment not only reduces children’s knowledge about their surroundings, but also undermines their ability to comprehend the scale and urgency of some of the most concerning issues of our time, including climate change and biodiversity loss.
With the initial infrastructure work already completed, including the demolition of the existing space, installation of waterproof flooring and signage, and the erection of superstructures we now look forward to the landscaping phase, which will include building planter boxes and ponds, installing irrigation, drainage and electricity systems and an accessibility ramp.
When completed, the Green Heart will encompass functional spaces for student environmental groups working to propagate indigenous plants, including a beautiful natural balcony for gatherings, shaded outdoor classrooms and, most importantly, a natural playground where students can explore, wonder and engage with nature. Teachers will be encouraged to use the Green Heart for Unit of Study lessons and after-school gardening. In addition, rainforest nursery activities will have a permanent home and local gardening and ecology groups in the Dover neighbourhood will be welcomed.
The space will foster collaboration throughout the College as community members work together, with common goals from differing resources and experiences, thus growing in their learning and furthering the work of the UWC mission. At UWCSEA, environmental stewardship is a major part of every child’s education and by supporting students to become eco-literate and helping them to develop the essential knowledge, skills and commitment to care, we hope to turn an ecological crisis into an exciting transformation of our economies and societies. At UWCSEA, we can confidently say the future is bright—and it is green!
We are thankful to all of our supporters who have given to this green project which will transform our Dover Campus