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My School in the Rain Forest / by Margriet Ruurs


Title: My School in the Rain Forest: How Children Attend School Around the World
Author and Illustrator: Margriet Ruurs
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
ISBN: 978-1-59078-601-7
Year: 2009

Concepts: child schooling, economic development

Review: Join Margriet Ruurs for a trip around the world to see the wide variation in school facilities and resources to which some children have access. The reader can learn about children attending school behind a wall in Afghanistan, Cambodian children who paddle their own small boats to a floating school, students in a remote Indian village who sit on a roof-less dirt floor for their lessons, and Nepalese children who attend a boarding school high in the Himalayas.  

Not only does a country’s general level of economic development play a role in the type and quality of schooling to which children have access, but parental preferences can also determine if children are home-schooled, go away to boarding school, rely on the internet for distance learning, use public transportation to get to school, or attend school in a more unusual setting.  This book provides a refreshing look at school resources and emphasizes the importance of getting an education no matter where in the world one lives.

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Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

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