School boat, Bangladesh. Photo source: ©© The advocacy Project
Every year millions of school children in Bangladesh miss countless school days when their schools are flooded. But now local NGO have come up with a simple solution, building schools that float.
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The air is so heavy with humidity that you can scarcely breathe. But the giggling children, mostly girls wearing salwar-kameezes, the typical tunic and trousers of Bangladesh, waiting along the bank of one of the several rivers that feed Chalan Beel, an oxbow lake in the marshlands of northwestern Bangladesh, seem unaffected.
Riverboat libraries in Bangladesh. Young girls board a mobile riverboat library in rural Bangladesh. Captions and Photo source: ©© Gates Foundation