Eco-friendly boat allows kids to continuously learn even during heavy floods.

Bangladesh, India, experiences heavy seasonal rainfall that often leads to flash flooding. Monsoons disrupt learning where hundreds of schools frequently shut down for up to four months a year. The non-profit orgnaization Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha addresses this issues by building solar-powered wooden boats that act as floating schools during floods.

Each boat is made from locally-sourced natural materials and includes a small library with electronic resources, and a laptop with Internet connectivity. Every boat can host up to 30 people, and also acts as a mode of transportation to pick up and drop off the students. The boats double as workshop spaces for parents and adults, where after-school classes include lessons in agriculture, finance, health and hygiene.

PSFK provides access to this article and every report, case-study, interview, and analysis that we publish for our members. PSFK Professional Membership also unlocks accessto unlimited customized research assistance and our database of over 100,000 insights on innovation trendspanning across eight industry sectors—from culture and brand to retail and customer experience.
Already a members? Log in