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Schools around the World

Rochel Burstyn

Your backpack is filled with crisp books and sharpened pencils. You might not be ready for the summer to end, but your air conditioned classroom and new books are a luxury some kids can only dream of. Let’s peek into some schools around the world.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

school on a boatBoat School

In Bangladesh, heavy rains flooded and destroyed many schools. How were kids going to learn without schools? In 2002, the first school boat was opened. The boats have flat bottoms so they can glide through shallow water and over flooded land. Six days a week, the boat stops at different villages along the shore and picks up 30-35 kids. Once everyone’s on board, the lessons begin. They learn math, reading, writing, English, Bengali, about the environment and conservation. Then the boat returns the students to the riverbank and the boat goes on up the stream to pick up another set of students for another 3 hour lesson. Now there are 90 boats that travel along a 250 kilometer stretch of rivers and streams.

 

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