Unique Schools Around the World

Every day, we read about how our educational system is flawed and fails to adhere to the basic principles of a good education. Some people find it boring, while others believe traditional methods are regressive and counterproductive.

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Unique Schools Around the World

Every day, we read about how our educational system is flawed and fails to adhere to the basic principles of a good education. Some people find it boring, while others believe that traditional methods are regressive and counterproductive. Nevertheless, some pioneers experimented and devised their own methods of teaching and schooling. Below are a few unusual schools from around the world that teach unusual subjects.


India: The Train Platform Schools 

 

India's slums are home to millions of children struggling to survive daily. Around the train stations, Professional teacher and benefactor Inderjit Khurana said children living in the slums must beg, steal, and sell their bodies to survive. She believed education is a child's life insurance for a better future. She said, “If the children cannot come to school, the school should come to the children.”


In 1985, Ms. Khurana founded RSSO, which stands for Ruchika Social Service Organization, and started schools on railway platforms. Although she died in 2010, her work still lives on. As of today, RSSO runs 63 slum schools and 12 platform schools. Private donations support the education system entirely.


The objectives were to educate underprivileged children and promote health and hygiene. Bright students received formal education. The children received additional food, medical treatment, and four hours of instruction each day.


World's Greenest School, Indonesia

 

It is the world's greenest school, with a vast bamboo and straw hut for classes. In addition, over 100 solar panels power the campus, which is built with sustainable natural materials.


In 2008, the jewelry producer partners John Hardy, a Canadian who's been a Bali resident since 1975, and Cynthia Hardy, an American resident since 1982, founded the Green School, the world's greenest school. It all started with the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" by retired US politician Al Gore, which illustrates the influence of global warming on the environment. After that, their goal was to contribute to sustainability, and education was their path of choice. 


Compost toilets are part of the school's waste management program, and waste is either recycled or composted. In addition, there are organic gardens on campus and farm animals such as pigs, cows, and buffaloes. With ingredients from the school and the surrounding area, local community members cook using stoves and ovens they built themselves. The rooms have natural light and ventilation.


Sudbury Schools, USA

 

Sudbury schools differ from other types of schools regarding their responsibility to their students. Students in Sudbury schools are entirely in charge of their own education, the methods they use to learn, their evaluation, and their surroundings.


What makes Sudbury schools give students this amount of responsibility? In Sudbury education, children are believed to be capable of handling such responsibilities. In other words, it's not a pedagogical tool for motivating the students. Instead, it is a fundamental responsibility; students are absolutely in control of their learning. Students can learn how to make decisions and handle the consequences of their choices when they are given responsibility. Through this process, the students acquire maturity and experience.


Nigeria: The Makoko Floating School 

 

A floating school was constructed within the Makoko community, incorporating sustainable building materials and structures to suit the residents' aquatic lifestyles. Bamboo, timber, and other local materials were utilized to create a floating school that incorporated human needs and reflected their culture. The school building was made from wood, also used for its support, finish, and structure.

 

In a triangular A-Frame structure with a play area of 1,000 square feet, the school building had a triangular shape. There are classrooms on the second tier, and slats are adjustable to provide partial enclosure. Additionally, extensive public greenery surrounds the classrooms. A playground is below the school, while an open-air classroom is on the roof. In addition to classroom activities, these venues can be utilized for group activities after school.


AR+D's 2013 Emerging Architecture award went to this floating school design, and the school was selected for the accolade Design of the Year in 2014 by the London Design Museum. Moreover, it was nominated for the Global Award for Public Art category in 2015.


A heavy rainstorm adversely affected the Makoko Floating School structure on 7 June 2016, causing it to collapse. As safety concerns had caused the students and teachers to relocate three months earlier, fortunately, there were no casualties.

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