Boat Schools in Bangladesh   Many children in rural areas of Bangladesh, particularly girls, do not have access to education. Due to tradition, boys are the first ones to be sent to school and girls can go to school only if the facility is not too far from home. Often, the nearest school is miles away and for girls this can represent an insurmountable challenge to their schooling. During the monsoon season many schools find themselves under water. Due to the climate change, the yearly floods have become worse and prolonged and children can now go for months without having classes. The solution by non-profit Shidhulai was unusual, but simple and effective: If children can't go to school, the school in the form of boats should go to them.  School boat arrives in the morning to pick up children who wait just below their village by the Atrai river. The boat makes several such stops along the river and picks up around 30 children for each class.
       
     
 Fourth grade students board the boat school docked on the Atrai river. Each boat functions as a school bus, picking up children along the river, and as a school where classes are held.
       
     
 Ratna Khatun listens to the teacher during a lesson on a boat school. She lives in the village of Kalinagar by the Atrai river and attends fourth grade. She wants to become a doctor and come back to work on the healthcare boat.
       
     
 Teacher corrects homework during a fourth grade class on a boat school that operates on the Atrai river. Teachers come from the same villages along the river as the students and are provided with regular training.
       
     
 Student writes her name on a computer during a computer session on a boat school that operates on the Atrai river. Each boat school is equipped with a computer so the children can learn basic computer skills.
       
     
 Children and teenagers read outside a library boat docked on the Atrai river. They can borrow books from the library for one week.
       
     
 Students from the boat schools cross rice fields close to their village of Kalinagar. Rice is a staple food in Bangladesh and the seasonal floods help wet the land.
       
     
 Jarina Khatun (R) combs the hair of her daughter, Ratna Khatun who is a fourth grade student on a boat school and is among the best students in her class. The family lives in the village of Kalinagar in a thatched house that provides no protection against mosquitoes, cold and humidity.
       
     
 Two mothers with their children wait on the healthcare boat for the paramedic to write down what they came for while the doctor in the back is attending to a patient. Healthcare boats visit each village three times a week. The health check-ups and the medicines are provided free of charge.
       
     
 Boy studies in his house with the help of a solar lamp while his mother stitches a katha (katha is used as blanket or bed sheet). Solar lamps allow poor people to work after dark which helps them increase their income.
       
     
 Rupali Khatun watches other girls from her class play behind their village of Kalinagar.
       
     
 Female student from a boat school runs through a wheat field behind her village of Kalinagar.
       
     
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 Adria Airways In-Flight Magazine, Slovenia.
       
     
 Adria Airways In-Flight Magazine, Slovenia.
       
     
 Adria Airways In-Flight Magazine, Slovenia.
       
     
  Boat Schools in Bangladesh   Many children in rural areas of Bangladesh, particularly girls, do not have access to education. Due to tradition, boys are the first ones to be sent to school and girls can go to school only if the facility is not too far from home. Often, the nearest school is miles away and for girls this can represent an insurmountable challenge to their schooling. During the monsoon season many schools find themselves under water. Due to the climate change, the yearly floods have become worse and prolonged and children can now go for months without having classes. The solution by non-profit Shidhulai was unusual, but simple and effective: If children can't go to school, the school in the form of boats should go to them.  School boat arrives in the morning to pick up children who wait just below their village by the Atrai river. The boat makes several such stops along the river and picks up around 30 children for each class.
       
     

Boat Schools in Bangladesh

Many children in rural areas of Bangladesh, particularly girls, do not have access to education. Due to tradition, boys are the first ones to be sent to school and girls can go to school only if the facility is not too far from home. Often, the nearest school is miles away and for girls this can represent an insurmountable challenge to their schooling. During the monsoon season many schools find themselves under water. Due to the climate change, the yearly floods have become worse and prolonged and children can now go for months without having classes. The solution by non-profit Shidhulai was unusual, but simple and effective: If children can't go to school, the school in the form of boats should go to them.

School boat arrives in the morning to pick up children who wait just below their village by the Atrai river. The boat makes several such stops along the river and picks up around 30 children for each class.

 Fourth grade students board the boat school docked on the Atrai river. Each boat functions as a school bus, picking up children along the river, and as a school where classes are held.
       
     

Fourth grade students board the boat school docked on the Atrai river. Each boat functions as a school bus, picking up children along the river, and as a school where classes are held.

 Ratna Khatun listens to the teacher during a lesson on a boat school. She lives in the village of Kalinagar by the Atrai river and attends fourth grade. She wants to become a doctor and come back to work on the healthcare boat.
       
     

Ratna Khatun listens to the teacher during a lesson on a boat school. She lives in the village of Kalinagar by the Atrai river and attends fourth grade. She wants to become a doctor and come back to work on the healthcare boat.

 Teacher corrects homework during a fourth grade class on a boat school that operates on the Atrai river. Teachers come from the same villages along the river as the students and are provided with regular training.
       
     

Teacher corrects homework during a fourth grade class on a boat school that operates on the Atrai river. Teachers come from the same villages along the river as the students and are provided with regular training.

 Student writes her name on a computer during a computer session on a boat school that operates on the Atrai river. Each boat school is equipped with a computer so the children can learn basic computer skills.
       
     

Student writes her name on a computer during a computer session on a boat school that operates on the Atrai river. Each boat school is equipped with a computer so the children can learn basic computer skills.

 Children and teenagers read outside a library boat docked on the Atrai river. They can borrow books from the library for one week.
       
     

Children and teenagers read outside a library boat docked on the Atrai river. They can borrow books from the library for one week.

 Students from the boat schools cross rice fields close to their village of Kalinagar. Rice is a staple food in Bangladesh and the seasonal floods help wet the land.
       
     

Students from the boat schools cross rice fields close to their village of Kalinagar. Rice is a staple food in Bangladesh and the seasonal floods help wet the land.

 Jarina Khatun (R) combs the hair of her daughter, Ratna Khatun who is a fourth grade student on a boat school and is among the best students in her class. The family lives in the village of Kalinagar in a thatched house that provides no protection against mosquitoes, cold and humidity.
       
     

Jarina Khatun (R) combs the hair of her daughter, Ratna Khatun who is a fourth grade student on a boat school and is among the best students in her class. The family lives in the village of Kalinagar in a thatched house that provides no protection against mosquitoes, cold and humidity.

 Two mothers with their children wait on the healthcare boat for the paramedic to write down what they came for while the doctor in the back is attending to a patient. Healthcare boats visit each village three times a week. The health check-ups and the medicines are provided free of charge.
       
     

Two mothers with their children wait on the healthcare boat for the paramedic to write down what they came for while the doctor in the back is attending to a patient. Healthcare boats visit each village three times a week. The health check-ups and the medicines are provided free of charge.

 Boy studies in his house with the help of a solar lamp while his mother stitches a katha (katha is used as blanket or bed sheet). Solar lamps allow poor people to work after dark which helps them increase their income.
       
     

Boy studies in his house with the help of a solar lamp while his mother stitches a katha (katha is used as blanket or bed sheet). Solar lamps allow poor people to work after dark which helps them increase their income.

 Rupali Khatun watches other girls from her class play behind their village of Kalinagar.
       
     

Rupali Khatun watches other girls from her class play behind their village of Kalinagar.

 Female student from a boat school runs through a wheat field behind her village of Kalinagar.
       
     

Female student from a boat school runs through a wheat field behind her village of Kalinagar.

 Adria Airways In-Flight Magazine, Slovenia.
       
     

Adria Airways In-Flight Magazine, Slovenia.

 Adria Airways In-Flight Magazine, Slovenia.
       
     

Adria Airways In-Flight Magazine, Slovenia.

 Adria Airways In-Flight Magazine, Slovenia.
       
     

Adria Airways In-Flight Magazine, Slovenia.

 Adria Airways In-Flight Magazine, Slovenia.
       
     

Adria Airways In-Flight Magazine, Slovenia.

 Adria Airways In-Flight Magazine, Slovenia.
       
     

Adria Airways In-Flight Magazine, Slovenia.