Why traveling free schools? I believe, I believe, I believe.
I believe all people want to live happy, healthy and sustainable lives. I believe it is possible. I believe in free education in lifestyles of health and sustainability for all. I believe in this so much that I am prepared to walk from Brisbane to Adelaide to get a double decker bus to make the first mobile free school.
I belive that many people can't access education and I believe I can change that.
I believe that you believe the same thing too.
I believe that people are fundamentally good and don't want to destroy the world we live in. I believe in organically and locally produced food from permaculture gardens. I believe that working together we can all make a difference. Any way I believe in free education for all. I believe you can contribute here.
On the 27th of November 2014 an intense hail storm cell tore the roof from my home, smashing windows and leaving myself and 3 sons displaced by an extreme climate event. This made me question my need for excess material possessions and that combined with my love of people and the planet cemented my decision to take responsibility to help people transition to a new compassionate, healthier, supportive collective future where all people have the choice to live creative and productive, happy lives.
I am a teacher and son of teachers.For that last 10 years, I have been teaching English as a Second Language to migrants, humanitarian entrants, refugees and asylum seekers. I have taught over 100 different nationalities plus many more ethnic groups, language groups and people from many spiritual traditions.
In 1988, I began to study a Bachelor of Science in Australian Environmental studies with majors in Environmental Policy and Economics, and Environmental Pollution and Health. My first year of university was government funded but in 1989, HECS was introduced and I graduated from uni with a debt which took many years to repay after I finally earned enough to reach the repayment threshold.
I have had over 50 different jobs in my life, in positions as diverse as, toilet cleaner, bar attendant, service station attendant, chauffeur, community activist for Greenpeace Australia, koala for the Wilderness Society and waste water treatment.
I also participated in a family business growing forestry seedlings and doing forestry establishment where we produced approximately 1 million trees in 4 years.
In 2003, I took my family to China and taught there for 6 months. When I returned to Australia I returned to study and completed a Graduate Certificate of Teaching Second Languages and Master of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and once again was burdened with a government HECS debt. This debt is now settled, but as a single parent the repayment of this debt made life difficult for my family.
So I got wondering why some countries offered universal free education and why some didn't? I saw that making education difficult to attend and costly deters many people from university and from taking charge of their destiny. I realised that in 20 years Australia might be seen as the ignorant, servile country that had no compassion for their themselves, fellow human beings, the planet and the ancestors.
On the surface it seems that this has become true. Record rates of obesity and degenerative disease caused from addiction to chemical ladden manufactured food and drinks, the attitude of the government to those seeking refuge, destruction of the environment through excess consumption, pollution and resource extraction and our indigenous population with one of the lowest standards of living in the world in many social indicators.
However these problems can be and have been addressed where people are literate and have access to online social networks that share uplifting information. There are wonderful initiatives that are happening in some places around the world because information flows more freely, such as microfinancing, microsolar and the Thrive movement for free energy.
Social media is the evidence that sharing of information and making information more accessiblefosters positive social change and development.
I believe that free education empowers people to take control of and design their lives through self mastery.
For this reason, I have started James' Blue House Free Schools Foundation.
James’ Blue House Free Schools Foundation,” facilitates community free education between people who have something to teach and people who want to learn.
“James’ Blue House Free School Foundation” is a non-profit foundation dedicated the free sharing of knowledge so each one can facilitate their own self-mastery and each person can discover their inner genius.
"James’ Blue House Free Schools Foundation” values the knowledge of all beings regardless of age, gender or economic status.
The philosophy of “James’ Blue House Free Schools Foundation.” is that anyone can teach; each one can teach one and each one must teach one. We are all students at the same time as being teachers.
James’ Blue House Free School, honours models of collective community education of all indigenous ancestors by empowering communities to establish and maintain ongoing collective and collaborative learning education models through face to face and online social networks.
James Blue House Free Schools educational programs aims to provide technological literacy tools to educationally disadvantaged and remote communities to assist them to achieve collective education in the tradition of the indigenous ancestors in a modern connected world.
“James’ Blue House Free SchoolFoundation.” provides self-empowering programs focused around lifestyles of health and sustainability through, language and communication arts, music, environmental sustainability and organic permaculture health models.
“James’ Blue House Free School Foundation. aims for communities to foster sharing and the free flow of knowledge to raise the consciousness of the human beings.
James’ Blue House Free Schools Foundation is a benevolent institution working for the collective good.
I'm asking you to donate money to help me buy a double decker school bus, fit it out as a school and fund this project so that I can travel through Australia offering free education and empowering communities to adopt a collaborative and collective model of education where the knowledge of all is valued and shared.
There are pockets of people all around Australia that suffer due to the lack of access to knowledge either because of their low literacy and numeracy or because they live in remote areas with little access to the information via technology, the internet and social media. When people have access to tools of self mastery they are empowered to make choices that improve their lives.
Topics will include art, music, language arts , literacy and numeracy, preventative biodynamic health and exercise, environmental pollution and health, organic living and creative co-evolution. The eventual goal is to empower communities to take responsibility for their own education and set up their own Blue House Free School Collectives where the collective knowledge of society is shared and everyone is respected as having knowledge to share.
50 mobile schools servicing not only Australia but other countries where they are needed, and a free University. However the journey of 2000 kilometres begins with the first step.
I have paid $9000 on a double decker bus which is currently in Adelaide and I require $7500 to complete the purchase. Plus approximately $35,000 to equip with mobile IT learning technology and for annual operating costs.
The bus needs to be equipped with a classroom downstairs which will also have mobile e-learning technology to allow access to the World Wide Web of Information using mobile devices operating in an open source software environment. To prove my dedication to this dream I have decided to walk from Brisbane to Adelaide to raise awareness and contributions for James blue hands free schools. Now for the pilot school I only need $45,000 to start and operate for a year.
However I belive if every Australian contributed just one cent per kilometre that I walk from Brisbane to Adelaide then I would have enough to fund 50 mobile free schools and Australia's first free university.
If you belive what I believe then I belive you'll contribute