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Floating Schools

Jaspreet was showing me IRIN videos that somehow I hadn't found on my own, including a whole series relating to climate change (including one focusing on Bangladesh's floating gardens, which I hadn't realized are a generations-old tradition in some areas).

And--you know how in the Philippines there are school bus boats (that I wrote about here)? Well in Bangladesh there are actual floating boat-schools, which allow children to continue their education uninterrupted by the monsoon season. They're the brainchild of Mohammed Rezwan, an architect-turned-philanthropist, who himself was often forced to miss school in his childhood due to monsoons.

The Gathering Storm: Boat School


Walking to the shore, where the boat school waits
Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 4.21.25 PM-Sep 28, 2014

School doors are open
Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 10.20.58 AM-Sep 30, 2014

Inside the boat school classroom
Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 4.22.09 PM-Sep 28, 2014


(The teacher in the video has a rather harsh and authoritarian air about her, but all the same, going to school in a floating, solar-electrified boat must be awesome.)

More on the boat schools in this New York Times article by Amy Yee: "‘Floating Schools’ Bring Classrooms to Stranded Students"

ETA: heliopausa points out that there are also floating schools in Halong Bay, Vietnam--very lovely-looking ones. I wonder where else there might be some....

photo from this blog


ETA 2: Ijeoma Umebinyou mentioned the Makoko floating school in Lagos--here's a picture of it under construction:

Source: Makoko Floating School



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heliopausa
Sep. 30th, 2014 02:54 pm (UTC)
:) and also in Halong Bay,Vietnam!

This is a link to lots of pictures. :)



asakiyume
Sep. 30th, 2014 02:57 pm (UTC)
Oh how beautiful! I will add this info to the post!

Edited at 2014-09-30 02:57 pm (UTC)
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(no subject) - asakiyume - Sep. 30th, 2014 03:01 pm (UTC) - Expand
joycemocha
Sep. 30th, 2014 03:53 pm (UTC)
This is SO COOL. Thanks for sharing.
asakiyume
Sep. 30th, 2014 07:44 pm (UTC)
My pleasure!

Edited at 2014-09-30 07:45 pm (UTC)
cmcmck
Sep. 30th, 2014 06:20 pm (UTC)
Schools of whatever sort where schools are needed are always good but as a retired teacher, I would say that! :o)
asakiyume
Sep. 30th, 2014 07:43 pm (UTC)
I think anyone who values an educated citizenry can get behind the idea!

Edited at 2014-09-30 07:43 pm (UTC)
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queenoftheskies
Sep. 30th, 2014 06:37 pm (UTC)
How totally awesome!
asakiyume
Sep. 30th, 2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, a really wonderful story ^_^

Edited at 2014-09-30 07:41 pm (UTC)
mnfaure
Sep. 30th, 2014 07:03 pm (UTC)
People truly can do wonderful things when they put their minds and will to it.
asakiyume
Sep. 30th, 2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
They truly can

Edited at 2014-09-30 07:40 pm (UTC)
sovay
Sep. 30th, 2014 07:20 pm (UTC)
in Bangladesh there are actual floating boat-schools, which allow children to continue their education uninterrupted by the monsoon season. They're the brainchild of Mohammed Rezwan, an architect-turned-philanthropist, who himself was often forced to miss school in his childhood due to monsoons.

That is extremely cool. I am glad of the innovation.

Edited at 2014-09-30 07:20 pm (UTC)
asakiyume
Sep. 30th, 2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
There's still the niggling problem of extreme weather events, like cyclones, but at least this makes ordinary monsoon rains not a barrier to education.

Edited at 2014-09-30 07:39 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - sovay - Sep. 30th, 2014 08:14 pm (UTC) - Expand
dudeshoes
Sep. 30th, 2014 07:35 pm (UTC)
asakiyume
Sep. 30th, 2014 07:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know someone who lived on one!
cucumberseed
Sep. 30th, 2014 09:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, I've seen pictures of the design for the Makoko school! I love the design a lot.
asakiyume
Oct. 1st, 2014 02:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it seems really neat--I guess it's finished now.
(no subject) - cucumberseed - Oct. 1st, 2014 02:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
khiemtran
Sep. 30th, 2014 09:10 pm (UTC)
Very cool! I've seen the floating villages at Ha Long Bay.
asakiyume
Oct. 1st, 2014 02:15 pm (UTC)
mnfaure has beautiful photos from there, too.

Edited at 2014-10-01 02:16 pm (UTC)
osprey_archer
Sep. 30th, 2014 09:18 pm (UTC)
The floating schools look so cool! They look like they're bound for adventure somewhere.
asakiyume
Oct. 1st, 2014 02:16 pm (UTC)
Sort of like the Magic Schoolbus :-)

Edited at 2014-10-01 02:16 pm (UTC)
frigg
Sep. 30th, 2014 10:31 pm (UTC)
Very inspiring for story world building
asakiyume
Oct. 1st, 2014 02:18 pm (UTC)
Absolutely!

Edited at 2014-10-01 02:18 pm (UTC)
sartorias
Oct. 1st, 2014 12:13 pm (UTC)
Floating schools--that is the coolest thing I've read in a long time.
asakiyume
Oct. 1st, 2014 02:19 pm (UTC)
Right? Much better than a drab classroom in a prisonlike building (not that all dry-land schools are like that by any means, but)
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