''If the children cannot come to the school for lack of transportation, then the school should come to them, by boat''



One third of Bangladesh floods annually during the monsoon season, but extreme floods cover up to two thirds. Every year, during the rainy season, monsoon winds brings plenty of rainfall that causes its’ hundreds of rivers to swell and overflow onto the land. Due to floods, thousands of schools are forced to close and many children miss school days.

Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha came up with a creative solution ‘floating school’ to address this issue and brought the school to the students during the flooding. Also the organization runs a fleet of boats acting as libraries, adult education centers and solar workshops. Boats themselves are outfitted with solar panels that power computers, lights and other equipment. But the boats bring more than services to these cut-off areas - they bring electricity. Shidhulai also runs floating clinics that have doctors and paramedics.


The United Nations Environment Programme awarded UN Prize for Inspiring Environmental
Action 2012 to Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha.


Documentary Source: green tv
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