May 2, 2009, coinciding with National Education Day, saw the opening of Bali's newest educational institution One Earth School located on Jalan Mertasari IV, in the Pemgoan area of South Denpasar. Established by the Anand Krishna Foundation, the school commences operation in the 2009/2010 school year with the operation of a playgroup and kindergarten.
The inauguration of the new school was officiated over by Bali's governor, Made Mangku Pastika, who signed a cornerstone with the following inscription:
With the grace of All-Love, and in the name of the love that is unconditional and infinite, One Earth School is developing the hearts and minds of the young in order to foster willpower, wisdom and excellence in action, as a means to achieve a new world order founded on love, peace and harmony.
The school founder and well-known author and spiritual leader, Anand Krishna, told those attending the opening ceremony that the One Earth School was established to create a new type of fully-formed individual capable of facing the challenges of globalization without losing their place in their traditional community.
Adopting a holistic approach to education, One Earth School will emphasize the culture of Indonesia and the region in equipping young people with willpower, wisdom and excellence in action.
Krishna announced that the new school would set aside 17% of its seats for economically disadvantaged children.
Governor Pastika enthusiastically welcomed the establishment of the One Earth School, hoping that the school would create new atmosphere in Bali's education system, providing a quality alternative for the education of the island's children.
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