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2012 WISE Awards Winner: Solar-Powered Floating Schools, Ba
The non-profit organization Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha introduced solar-powered floating schools in Bangladesh to ensure children's uninterrupted education even during the height of the monsoon. In addition to 'Transforming Education', the initiative was judged to have best provided innovative financing of primary education. From the outset, the guiding principle was that if children cannot come to school, then school should come to them. The floating school is a combination of school bus and schoolhouse. The boats collect students from riverside villages, dock at a final destination and provide on-board small-group instruction. After class, the boats take students back to their homes and then go on to pick up other groups. Each boat school has a classroom for 30 students, an Internet-linked laptop, a library and electronic resources, and provides basic primary education up to grade IV.