October 4, 2017:Green Bronx Machine, the non-profit organization building healthy, equitable, and resilient communities through inspired education, local food systems, and 21st Century workforce development, has been announced by global education non-profit HundrED, as one of its 100 innovative education projects across the world, all of which have been gathered over the past two years.
HundrED aims to share inspiring ideas and projects across borders to help improve the future of education globally. To achieve this, a team of researchers investigated innovations from around the world to determine 100 projects that are changing the face of education. The innovations were identified through research, events and recommendations; over 700 projects were evaluated based on their originality, impact and scalability.
Green Bronx Machine was chosen due to its unique pioneering status and ability to create a scalable impact. Dedicated to cultivating minds and harvesting hope, our school-based model using urban agriculture aligned to key school performance indicators grows healthy students and healthy schools to transform communities that are fragmented and marginalized into neighborhoods that are inclusive and thriving.
Stephen Ritz, founder of GBM said: “We are beyond excited to be selected as one of HundrED’s 100 global innovations. Teachers are the people that go from “can’t” and “won’t” to “it must be done.” Teachers change lives behind every successful child. At Green Bronx Machine we grow vegetables. Our vegetables grow students, schools, communities and opportunities. Being offered the opportunity to extend this beyond the U.S. using the HundrED platform is amazing and we are excited to see just how much further the project can be scaled.”
The selected 100 projects cover various fields of education from learning environments and holistic wellbeing to collaborative learning and game-based education, as well as a range of themes including small teacher-led practices, ambitious not-for-profit initiatives, viral edtech products and unique whole school models.
Saku Tuominen, creative director of HundrED, said: “Green Bronx Machine clearly stood out to us as a project that needed to be shared with the world. Being able to showcase these innovations marks the beginning of a drive to get all teachers involved in revolutionizing education. We will continue to encourage as many schools and organizations as possible to get involved so that we can work towards a positive future”.
To share the projects, HundrED has created an online platform so that educators around the world can trial and review Green Bronx Machine and all the other innovations using the resources, for free. To explore the global innovations, please visit: hundred.org