We believe that Knowledge is very important and that there’s no better place for children to learn than school. Going to school is not fun for all the kids, unfortunately, not all establishments are the same! In a relaxed atmosphere, comfortable space to be in and to study and learn all the things that parents forbid. There are all types of schools from the strictest and most serious to those that are very original, unique and more fun.
Today INCREDIBLE BUZZ presents to you the 10 weirdest schools in the world:
10 – The floating school of Makoko – Lagos, Nigeria
Nigerian urban planner and architect Kunlé Adeyemi has found the answer to the rising sea levels that threaten the Makoko lake community in Lagos.
The Floating School is a prototype embodying a new construction method, even a new urban culture for the populations of the coastal regions of Africa. Triangular or pyramidal in shape, it is constructed of locally supplied wood and bamboo and rests on barrels of recycled plastic, the shape of which ensures ideal flotation.
The building spans three levels: below, an open community and recreational space; on the second floor, two closed classrooms with a capacity of 60 students, connected to the recreation area by stairs; in the third, a semi-open workshop space. Flexible and versatile, the building can be adapted for other uses: housing, dispensary, cultural center or logistics platform. This flexible triangular structure adapts to the needs and capacities of each community.
The development of the Makoko floating school is an opportunity for a community long threatened with expulsion by the Nigerian government.
9 – Santa Claus School – London, United Kingdom
A London school trains Santa Claus who will wander through the stores of the English capital during the holiday season. Santa Claus returns to London schools to perfect their education before the holidays. They will learn to say “Merry Christmas” in several languages and to recite the names of all the reindeer who pull Santa’s sleigh. They need to know the best toys and especially how to answer children’s questions.
Future Santa Claus must audition and then be weighed, measured and rigorously evaluated to meet the quality standards of the Ministry of Fun. The required qualifiers are rough: Excellent memory of names; Be sympathetic; Possess the physique of the job; No criminal record.
James Lovell, founder of the “Ministry of Santa Claus”, says that vocations for Santa Claus have soared this year, proof that in a heavy political atmosphere people look for joy in the street, in the smile of a Santa Claus.
So far, 640 Santa Claus has graduated from the Santa School. We suddenly want to include some paunchy uncles who have marked the “Christmas parties” in our childhood with their poor performance …
8 – Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy – New York, USA
Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy is a public high school in the East Village of New York designed to meet the needs of gay, lesbian, transvestite or transgender students aged 12 to 21.
It is named after San Francisco, California supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the United States.
In fact, the famous Harvey Milk School had already existed, in a rudimentary form, for almost twenty years. In 1984, an association defending the rights of homosexuals had obtained authorization to provide schooling for adolescents who had stopped their studies because of violence or ostracism. With only two teachers and two classrooms, the school could not accommodate more than 50 students, despite the requests four times more numerous from families.
Changing the Harvey Milk’s status to a full-fledged public school will remedy this problem. In the meantime, it provokes an outcry in conservative circles, hostile to the institutionalization of gay culture, as much as on the left: Ruben Diaz, elected Democrat of the Bronx, files a lawsuit at the town hall for abuse of public funds, and even Norman Siegel, a New York civil rights figure and gay rights activist, strongly opposes it.
7 – City Montessori School – Lucknow, India
With 45,000 students, 3,800 employees, 1,000 classrooms and 3,700 computers, City Montessori School is the largest school in the world.
The number of students per class is strictly set between 40 and 45 so that the teacher can take good care of each student. The Montessori school was founded in 1959 by Dr. Jagdish Gandhi and his wife. When it was founded, the school experienced quite a few difficulties. A legacy that started with 300 Indian rupees as loan and only 5 students.
Over the past fourteen years, the school has grown several times over and now has 20 campuses in the city of Lucknow. Furthermore, the school does not receive financial aid from the government and only charges students the regular fees. The school was listed in the Guinness Book of Records in 2013 as the largest school in the world.
It sounds like a fantasy, but in this world of commercial materialist education, City Montessori School of Lucknow survives and develops, which strives to nourish the souls of its students.
6 – Álfaskólinn The Icelandic Elf School – Reykjavik, Iceland
Hosts of the windswept moor, elves have nourished folk tales from Iceland since immemorial time, which the locals will tell you, no matter what, they appear to those who know how to see them.
The Álfaskólinn or the school of the Elves is the only establishment specialized in training in elven culture. It is located in Reykjavik and welcomes all those who want to obtain a diploma in research studies on elves and other invisible peoples. Note that the courses are taught in Icelandic, Norwegian and English. The training will allow you to know their traditions, their physical appearance and where they live. You will learn to distinguish the troll from the elf, the latter only appearing to help the most vulnerable. Discovery tours are also offered to strengthen training, in particular in the park of Hellisgerdi, known to house a large colony of elves.
At the end of this astonishing training, you will leave with your personal diploma in Studies and research on elves and other invisible people, confirming your ability to understand Hudufolk. Definitely the most unusual way to discover Icelandic culture and their other way of conceiving reality.
If you are curious to know more and go hunting these creatures, do not hesitate to enroll in this school during your stay in Iceland to quell your curiosity on the subject.
5 – Carpe Diem Innovative Schools – Ohio, USA
The Carpe Diem school is more like an open-space office than a school made up of classrooms. In the main hall, known as The Learning Center, there are 300 cabins. These cubes each have a computer that guides the students in their studies.
If students have problems with their online learning, they can turn to instructors for help. This model, applied in several American cities, has proven to be a success. For example, Carpe Diem School in Arizona has surpassed all public schools in the region for the Arizona Instrument for Measuring Standards “AIMS” exam. While the average was 65%, Carpe Diem’s results were around 92%. Likewise, in Indianapolis, children improve their reading level by the equivalent of 3 years, in just one school year.
4 – Zhongdong Cave Primary School – Guizhou, China
The village of Zhongdong in China is unique in the world. With less than a hundred inhabitants, it is installed in a huge cave located 1,800 meters above sea level and accessible only on foot after an hour’s hike. The difficulty to access it also makes the village constantly struggling for its survival. Zhongdong primary school is located in the middle of this cave.
Guizhou Province was one of the poorest provinces in China and received very little government support, they believed that instead of using resources to build a self-contained school building, it is simpler to build a school in the middle of the cave in 1984, with eight teachers and 186 students, but after 23 years, the irony is that the Chinese government decided to close the village school in 2011, to force the schoolchildren to study almost two hours’ walk from their homes, for the simple reason that China is not “a society of cavemen”. As there is no road link with the main cities and infrastructures of the region, the village has a lot of trouble propping up, despite the incentives of the village elders to local communities to build roads and give access to the television or even daily newspapers.
3 – Grey School of Wizardry – California, USA
If you’ve always wanted to be Harry Potter, or at least join Hogwarts, good news because an alternative has just emerged. The Gray School of Wizardry is the first wizard school to be officially recognized as a university.
Just like at Hogwarts, 16 subjects are on the program, such as alchemy, incantations, defense against the forces of evil, herbal medicine, cosmology, wand lessons or whispering in the ears of horses. There are also 4 houses where the students are distributed.
The school has 735 students. Currently, it is an online university that incorporates regular physical internships. Registrants can study for seven years to obtain a journeyman diploma.
2 – Train Platform Schools for Children – Bhubaneshwar, India
The Bhubhaneshwar railway platforms in India have long been fertile ground for despair, where disadvantaged children of all ages have been victims of abuse, famine, and neglect exploited for work and even for prostitution.
Each time teacher Inderjit Khurana takes the train to work in Orissa, India, she meets several children begging for money in the cars instead of going to school. Convinced that these children needed help, but that it was almost impossible to take them to school, she decided that “If a child cannot come to school, the school must come to the child”.This led to the formation of the Ruchika Social Service Organization (RSSO) and the birth of the Train Platform Schools in 1985. With a single school train, a handful of dedicated volunteers and underpaid staff, Khurana committed to taking street children out of their seemingly hopeless lives by providing them with security, nutrition, and education, to give them the opportunity to grow up in a better world and realize the dream of every human being “lead a safe and fulfilling life”. RSSO argues that the way to get children out of this predicament is to make sure their time is used constructively in learning and to prepare them for a productive future, by boosting their self-esteem in a way that brings them joy and love in their young lives.
1 – The school of prostitution – Valencia, Spain
Spain is one of the European countries most affected by the crisis. So some are ready to do anything to find a paid activity. Since 2012, an academy in Valencia has offered prostitution courses with guaranteed work after graduation.
For a hundred euros, the latter offers to teach you the basics of the trade. Accessible to men and women, those concerned must be over 18 years old, have a good physical appearance but also a complete absence of shyness. Registrants learn psychology, the use of sex toys, the most popular positions in the Kama Sutra, the history of prostitution …
A judicial investigation for procuring was initiated by the government of the autonomous community of Valencia in July. But the judges considered that there was no crime, the courses being followed on a voluntary basis. The offer of sexual services for money is also legal in Spain. Between 200,000 and 400,000 people are believed to be prostitutes in the country.