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How can you learn when you can’t risk going to school?

Innovative learning in hard times.

Inspiring lessons from Bangladesh.

A small mud house on a little raised piece of land in a vast inland sea. Jhuma’s home.

She cannot see land for more than half of the year. More children drop out from schools in these areas than anywhere else in Bangladesh. 20 million people live here in the haor region. Less than 1% finish high school.

The weather is more unpredictable each year. The roads to school are often submerged.

  • How will children go to school and learn when all roads and their classrooms are flooded? What if classrooms could float to them?
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Jhuma and her friends float as they learn.

The classroom on the blue boat that Jhuma attends has been the only way for children to stay in school here for years. Jhuma and her friends float as they learn.

BRAC’s innovative boat schools were introduced in north-eastern Bangladesh in 2011. The first had enough space for 30 students. Today the boats have more space, light, air. There is extra seating space on the roof, and a special corner for science experiments.

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The boats mean more children stay in school.

The boats mean that more children like Jhuma stay in school. From a few boats in the wetlands, the boat system was scaled across the country. There are now 500 floating schools, providing classrooms to 14,000 students all year round.

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The boats mean thatmore children like Jhuma stay in school.Froma few boats in the wetlands, the boat system was scaled across thecountry. There are now500 floating schools, providing classroomsto 14,000 students all year round.