Off to Class by Susan Hughes
Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World

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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’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 dozens of countries to visit some of these incredible schools, and, through personal interviews, meet the students who attend them, too. And their stories aren't just inspiring — they'll also get kids to think about school and the world in a whole new way.
 

About Susan Hughes

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Susan Hughes is a writer and editor, and has been writing both fiction and non-fiction children's books for over twenty years. Her book Coming to Canada was shortlisted for the Hackmatack Award and the Norma Fleck Award for Non-fiction, as well as the Red Cedar Book Award. She lives in Toronto.
 
Published August 30, 2011 by Owlkids Books. 64 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books.

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Surprising schools to be found around the world include new schools that work with the environment, schools in places where none existed and schools that meet children more than halfway.

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After several years, a group called the Shree Santi School Project started construction of a school in 2008.

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Although the United Nations classifies education as a human right belonging to every child, around 100 million children around the world face barriers, sometimes seemingly insurmountable ones, that keep them from going to school.

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Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World, by Susan Hughes, is a wonderful book about schooling around the globe.

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