In the area of formal education, the Badi Foundation’s initial endeavors began with development of the School of the Nations in Macau. Although established before the Foundation itself, the School of the Nations was transferred to the Foundation upon its establishment and the Foundation was given responsibility for all aspects of its administration and development. A result of the efforts of citizens of Macau as well as the Macau government, the school began modestly. It opened in January 1988 with 5 students, all of whom were enrolled in kindergarten. By 1994, in response to interest from families in Macau, the school had expanded to include a full primary and secondary program and moved to a new facility to accommodate a student body that had expanded to over 200 students. In 2008, with the generous support of the Macau government, parents, alumni and other supporters, the school completed construction of a state of the art new campus, which will enable its further expansion and strengthen its ability to serve the Macau community.
Advancing in parallel to the growth in the size and resources of the school was its development of a unique approach to formal education, focusing on promoting the intellectual, moral and physical development of its students in an integrated manner. In addition to providing rigorous and internationally recognized programs of academic education—including the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for Forms 5 and 6 and the International General Certificate of Secondary Education offered through Cambridge International Examinations for Forms 3 and 4—from its inception the school integrated into its educational approach innovative character development programs, some of which were developed and refined at the school itself and others drawing on the experiences of the Badí Foundation in developing and implementing programs in China. The School of the Nations’ character training program has received significant recognition both in the Macau and international educational communities, having been awarded first prize in 1997 for innovation in curriculum by the Macau Department of Education and Youth Services and 3rd prize by the International School Services in their worldwide competition for community service programs.