Boat Schools : A Floating Future

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.

WATCH: from The Gathering Storm Series: BOAT SCHOOLS: a IRIN Video Documentary

Learn More, IRIN

A floating future, IRIN
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.

Images: Hope Floats—and Soars—in Bangladesh, The Pulizter Center

Boat Schools Bring Education to Girls in Flood-Prone Bangladesh, PhotoPhilanthropy

Bangladesh: Finding Sustainable Ways to Cope with Sea Level Rise, IRIN

Riverboat libraries in Bangladesh. Young girls board a mobile riverboat library in rural Bangladesh. Captions and Photo source: ©© Gates Foundation