Education is important for everyone. It helps us develop our ability to reason. But do the regular schools teach us everything? Some people consider the traditional way of schooling and teaching a little outdated and according to them what the world needs is not just groups of people who can read and write but also make something creative out of those abilities. Let’s find out 10 unusual schools you won’t believe exist.
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10. Trabajo Ya School
The Trabajo Ya school, located in the Spanish city – Valencia, is a school for prostitution. Students of both sexes are offered training in the Kama Sutra, the use of sex toys and the best posture to please clients. The school has both theory and practice sessions every day. It also guarantees a job after the course. Students can take classes for $120 each and there they can learn basic business practices as well as tools of the trade. There are also classes for how to use sex toys as well as basic techniques.
Paradoxically prostitution itself is not illegal, just the promotion of prostitution is. In Spain the women and men in the trade are not generally penalised, though pimps can be fined or jailed.
9. ABO Elementary School
Built in 1962 in the town of Artesia, New Mexico, Abo is an underground elementary school that doubled as an advanced cold war fallout shelter. Ground was broken for the school on June 12, 1961 and the first students arrived in August of 1962 – just in time for the Cuban Missile Crisis two months later. By building the school underground, it would protect not just the 540 students studying there, but also up to 1,860 other people who might use it as a shelter. The school had three entrances and each door is made up of 800 kg of steel blast doors.
Teachers said they generally liked the school because the students weren’t distracted by staring out the windows. Abo School had to finally close in 1995 due to high maintenance cost of an underground building.
8. Elf School
Some Icelanders take their belief in elves very seriously. For example, road crews in Iceland will sometimes hire folklore experts to determine if certain boulders are homes to elves, and will divert the road around the boulder if it turns out there are little people living within it.
But it doesn’t end there as there’s an entire school dedicated to learning about these hidden people. Located in the thoroughly modern city of Reykjavik, the school has a full curriculum of study about the 13 types of elves in Iceland. There are a set of published textbooks with drawn depictions of these creatures for reference, or just in case you encounter one in the wild.The school studies Iceland’s other supernatural fauna as well, such as fairies, trolls, dwarves and goblins, but they mainly focus on elves.
The school offers five-hour classes for curious travellers who receive a diploma at the end of the class, which shows that you were sufficiently educated in the affairs of elves.
7. Grey School of Wizardry
Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, a look alike of Dumbledore, even does his shopping in his wizard costume and wand. As he prepares to make Hogwarts and the world of Harry Potter a reality, his Grey School of Wizardry is the first wizard school to be officially recognized as an academic establishment. The Grey School boasts 735 students, of which Oberon claims 100 are under-18 ‘trainee Harry Potters.’ For now, it is an online college with regular physical wizard camps, where muggles can study seven years to graduate with a journeyman degree in Wizardry.
The Grey School of Wizardry Magister program is designed to allow adult students to take an unlimited number of classes at the Grey School of Wizardry from all levels without the constraints of the structured Education program. There are 16 different departments including Defence Against the Dark Arts, and students are even separated into four houses.
6. Brooklyn Free School
At the Brooklyn Free school, the education is not free, but everything else is! At Brooklyn Free School, it is the students who actually make the rules. The students are divided into two sections. One section is for students between the ages of four and 11 and the other section is for students between the ages of 11 and 18. There is no curriculum and if the kids don’t want to come to school, they don’t have to. They take whatever classes they want and do whatever they want. They can play if they want to, wander around, and even take a nap. Not only all of this but, there are no tests, no homework, and no grades. No one tells the students what to do.
One of the few requirements is attendance at the school’s weekly democratic governance meeting, where student votes are equal to those of the staff. Not everyone pays attention — some students read or draw through the meeting — but they must be present.
The classes are even run by the students and the teachers just act as moderators. Although this school seems successful, it has been criticized by other folks.
5. Tent Schools
In Port-au-Prince, Haiti, UNICEF saw an immediate need for children to return to school after the devastating earthquake of 12th January 2010, that nearly destroyed their community. To give the children a sense of normalcy after the devastation, UNICEF set up tent schools. Teachers were provided by the Haitian red cross and the curriculum is based on a “learn through play” method. Within three months after the earthquake, 14 schools and eight kindergartens were being run in tent camps for displaced people around Port-au-Prince, educating 3,000 students.
Children, who lost both their home and school in the devastating earthquake said that they like to sing & draw, and play with friends, and that they happy at the school.
4. Hazelwood Academy
Located in Glasgow, Scotland, Hazelwood Academy is one of the most interesting and unusual schools in the world. The school caters to more than 60 students with multiple disabilities, aged from 2 to 19. Each student is either blind and deaf, or suffers from dual cognitive impairment.
From the walls to the floors, students can navigate their way through the building through touch and feeling vibrations. The architect developed a palette of highly textured natural materials that would be stimulating to touch and smell. The concept of a trail rail was developed, which doubled as a storage wall. It allows the children to move around the school with a level of freedom. The wall is clad in cork, which has warmth and tactile qualities and provides signifiers or messages along the route to confirm the children’s location within the school.
3. Mobile School
The Mobile School was developed with a motto of: ‘If a child cannot come to school, we will bring the school to the child’. Instead of waiting for the students to come to them, Mobile school goes to the students. Prominent in Cali and Popayan in Colombia, South America, Mobile school is picking up momentum in Spain and Greece where homeless and low-income students are in dire need of an education, but don’t have the means to take advantage of going to school due to life circumstances.
Focusing on street children and the street workers, there are 36 mobile schools today in 21 countries, spread across four continents of Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe.
2. Tinkering School
For kids ranging from six years old through high school, the Tinkering school’s philosophy is to teach kids about being productive and problem-solving adults by giving them tools and building materials. The Tinkering School operates under three unusual and refreshing assumptions about kids:
(1) They are more capable than they know. (2) The freedom to fail is essential. (3) It can be done bigger and bolder.
At the Tinkering School, children are allowed to pick up and use tools that are commonly viewed as dangerous by our overprotective society and be trusted not to hurt themselves or others. They use wood and nails and rope and wheels, and lots of tools, real tools.
Students make anything from art to useful things like furniture, vehicles, boats, and more. If a project goes their way, then they’ve mastered the art of following directions. If they fall, then they’ve learned about how to deal with adversity.
1. Barefoot College
Based in the rural desert area of Rajasthan, the long-term objective of the Barefoot College has been to work with marginalized, exploited, and needy rural poor, living on less than one dollar a day, and lift them over the poverty line with dignity and self-respect.
With a geographic focus on the least developed countries,Barefoot College believes strongly in empowering women as agents of sustainable change.
The bulk of what Barefoot College does is direct empowerment of communities through training these poor, rural people in critical skills that contribute immeasurably to their lives. Barefoot College has a collection of programs and projects that include training in solar engineering; running night schools staffed by “barefoot teachers” for poor children who need to support their families during the day; making medical lab services available at a fraction of the cost of anywhere else; and perhaps a dozen others.
In the last decade, 1083 villages of 63 countries across Latin America (43), Africa (245), the Middle East (2), Asia (323) and South Pacific Islands (31), have been electrified by 604 women solar engineers from Barefoot College, bringing domestic lighting to over 45,000 houses.
At the Barefoot College, Mahatma Gandhi’s spirit of service and thoughts on sustainability are still alive and respected.
Source: TopAmazing Channel
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