At HAIS, children learn the fundamentals of building up healthy soil, making compost, basic multifunction groundcover propagation, supporting perennial plants, and tree habitats. They learn how the elements are connected and create ecosystems, such as those found in the garden and the pond. We also look at the reciprocal relationship between our canteen and our flock of Egyptian chickens. We encourage the children to be proactive together in caring for these spaces. In addition, we try to model ethical behavior for our students by reusing, recycling and upcycling as much as possible.
The natural environment in Hoi An also presents diverse learning opportunities, with the town’s complex landscape offering some of Vietnam’s most beautiful beaches, estuaries, and mangroves, where local villagers practice traditional fishing and farming practices. We organise field trips for our students to explore and learn about how these ecosystems function and how we need to preserve them for future generations.
By fostering environmental awareness, we believe that children can cultivate and nourish their sense of self-care, while engaging in nurturing sustainability within themselves, their homes, at school, and within the broader community.