Tinkle Facts
School’s Cool!
Writer: Rebekah Sarah Jose
Illustrator: Shivani Pednekar


  • Barefoot College started by Sanjit “Bunker” Roy and Merghaj, a farmer from Rajasthan, is the first fully solar-electrified campus in rural India! That means, their entire campus is run on electricity generated from the Sun’s heat. They also have day schools and bridge transition schools where kids who dropped out of school can catch up with their peers. 
  • The world’s highest ever school was a primary school in Phumachangtang, Tibet. Until 2017 when it shut down, it was more than 5000 m above sea level! 
  • Free School Under the Bridge started by Rajesh Kumar Sharma is a makeshift school located between two pillars of the metro line in New Delhi. It has been educating children from the neighbouring slums since 2010. About 200 children attend these open-air classrooms! 
  • In 2011 a school was built in Philippines with nothing but empty soda and soft drink bottles. It was the first of its kind in Asia. 
  • The Boat School of Bangladesh is run by Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha, a non-profit organization. Children attend classes which are held on boats. It was started because flooding is very common in Bangladesh and it stops children from going to school. But with these boat schools regular classes are possible. 
  • The school with the most students is currently City Montessori School in Lucknow, India. As of January 2019, it had more than 55,000 students. 
  • The Platform School started by Inderjit Khurana is held on train platforms. It is for children who beg or pickpocket on and around train stations. The school also provides students with extra nutrition. Platform schools like this have opened up in many states across India. 
  • Kindergarten Wolfartsweier, a kindergarten school in Germany, is built in such a way that its building looks like a resting cat from the outside.

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