Off to Class

Off to Class

Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World

Book - 2011
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When North American kids picture a school, odds are they see rows of desks, stacks of textbooks, and linoleum hallways. They probably don't picture caves, boats, or train platforms -- but there are schools in caves, and on boats and on train platforms. There are green schools, mobile schools, and even treehouse schools. There's a whole world of unusual schools out there! But the most amazing thing about these schools isn't their location or what they look like. It's that they provide a place for students who face some of the toughest environmental and cultural challenges, and live some of the most unique lifestyles, to learn. Education is not readily available for kids everywhere, and many communities are strapped for the resources that would make it easier for kids to go to school. In short, it's not always easy getting kids off to class -- but people around the world are finding creative ways to do it. In Off to Class, readers will travel to India, Burkina Faso, and Brazil; to Russia, China, Uganda, and a dozen other countries, to visit some of these incredible schools, and, through personal interviews conducted by author Susan Hughes, meet the students who attend them too. And their stories aren't just inspiring; they'll also get you to think about school and the world in a whole new way.
Publisher: Toronto : Owlkids, c2011.
ISBN: 9781926818856
1926818857
Characteristics: 64 p. :,col. ill., col. map.

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VioletBloom
Mar 17, 2014

This book was really amazing because it shows how great people are for eduacation!I love all the creative school houses that they made for the kids and the way they wrote the book!Overall it was a fantastic book! :3

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Heraniextreme
Feb 06, 2014

Sounds nice!

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nickthepickle18
Feb 06, 2014

I WANT TO READ IT

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kakab7838
Feb 03, 2014

I loved this book! I feel so bad for some of those kids because they can't all get to school, because of no money or their parents need them to work and make money, and there are also some amazing people that are helping these kids. I loved the book!

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nevaw
Jan 31, 2014

this book was awesome! And i never knew so many kids have never been to school: i am so grateful.
Over 100 million kids have never been to school.

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mikiki1888
Jan 28, 2014

I really like this book because I now know that some people are very poor so that they can't go to school and i am very lucky.

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lindachen01
Jan 27, 2014

I am reading this book and I think it is pretty improtant to Asian kids.

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junjieg
Jan 18, 2014

This book I haven't finish yet
so far this book is important for Asian people food, school and much more!!!

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SingleMamma
Sep 25, 2012

Forgotten villages, places destroyed by natural disasters, and communities of poverty still find a way to have an educational system.

From school house boats, to tents, to the most environmentally school in Canada (Windsor) this book has a lot of interesting stories.

SPL_Childrens Aug 30, 2012

Children around the world will be off to class in September and as readers of Susan Hughes’s book will discover, some students will be attending rather unusual or even extraordinary schools! Most schools are constructed of bricks, wood or concrete, but others are made of bamboo, cardboard or even mud. Some schools are canvas tents – for example, in the areas of Haiti where schools destroyed by a hurricane in 2010 have not yet been rebuilt. In some countries, schools even exist (or have existed) on boats, trains, train station platforms and in caves!

Can you imagine stepping into your backyard and climbing the stairs to a tree house in order to attend school? In Tennessee, the children of one family are taught by their parents in their own little tree house, built for that purpose. Sometimes schools come to the students. In India, where more children live on the street than in any other country, special buses operate as “Schools on Wheels,” driving specific routes each day and stopping for two hours in each location. Students are taught on the buses and learn at their own pace.

In a number of other Asian countries, traveling “Schools on Carts” visit communities of street children. And in many place around the world, school now comes to students via “distance learning,” using email and the Internet.
As declared by the United Nations, the right to an education is a basic human right. Unfortunately, about 215 million children throughout the world are unable to attend school because they must work or because they cannot afford school expenses. Hopefully, all children will someday have access to the learning and hope that an education offers.

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