Molly Bolding

How Bangladesh’s schools stay afloat in a crisis

If you think keeping education going amid a pandemic is hard, take inspiration from Bangladesh’s armada of monsoon-resistant school boats, writes Molly Bolding

How Bangladesh’s schools stay afloat in a crisis

You’re standing at the front of the classroom projecting images onto the wall and the children are following along in their textbook as you speak. But that wall is not brick and plaster, it’s actually a canvas sheet. There are no desks or chairs either, just wooden benches. The floor, meanwhile, is made from bamboo. And that sound? That’s water lapping gently against the hull of a boat.

Getting children to school in the UK has been tough in the past few months with all of the Covid restrictions, but for 122,000 students in Bangladesh, school attendance in the monsoon season has always been ...

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