Costa Rica: Clowning in Creativa School

I was invited to teach on the International Day of Peace (21st September, 2010) at the Creativa school up on top of a mountain near Santa Elena, Montevarde. I asked the kids what they thought of peace, what I typically find is that kids find it hard to answer this. These are not questions they usually think about. I met many kids in Grade 11, Grade 7 and Grade 1. I had a great day with the kids, teachers and surrounded by the natural world. Very inspiring.

Mission of Creativa

Our mission is to nurture generations of ecologically aware, academically well-rounded bilingual individuals. We will work to provide students with the knowledge, values and skills needed to make environmentally and socially conscious decisions on a local, national and global scale.

Our vision is a sustainable future for the Earth through educating individuals to love, respect and protect the natural environment, to strive for justice and peace as well as academic excellence and to work towards conserving biodiversity and enriching community life.

Objectives of the CFS

• To discover and address the intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of each child in order to stimulate their creativity, natural love for learning, and sense of wonder about the world around them.

• To provide a strong interdisciplinary curriculum that incorporates environmental education in every way possible.

• To inspire and educate students to be caring, develop a strong sense of community and take an active interest in conservation and sustainability with a desire to contribute from local to global levels.