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School’s in: 5 cool schools from around the world


Photo by Larry Darling licensed CC BY-NC 2.0

It’s that time of year again - back to school. Before you head for the classroom, read up on some cool schools from different corners of the globe.

1. Forget the school bus


In a remote area of Colombia, kids have to travel to school on a zip-line. It turns out the steel wires are the only form of transportation for those living in an isolated valley called Los Pinos. Very young kids aren’t allowed to use the zip-line alone. So they travel along the cable with their parents or an older sibling. If the kids didn’t travel this way, they’d have to walk through the rainforest and it would take two hours to get to school.

2. Playing video games in class?

kids playing minecraft in class

Photo by Kevin Jarrett licensed CC BY 2.0

It sounds too good to be true. But that’s just what’s going on at one school in Stockholm, Sweden. Thirteen-year-old students at the Viktor Rydberg School spend part of their day playing Minecraft. Teachers say the game helps kids with their creativity and challenges their imagination.

3. Running on the roof

When an elementary school in China was looking for a place to put its running track, it looked up… four storeys up. The track was built on top of the school! To keep the students safe, large glass walls and sturdy steel rails have been put in place. The head of the school says the rooftop track is a perfect spot for gym class.

4. A recycled school



A school in the Philippines is made entirely of recycled pop bottles. It took about 9,000 bottles and dozens of volunteers to build the structure. Each bottle was filled with sand, water, and straw to keep them sturdy. Then a cement-like substance was used to hold the bottles in place as they were stacked on top of each other to create walls.

5. Cat school

cat shaped school in China

Image from Google Maps

A school in Germany has been built to look like a giant white cat, complete with whiskers and circular windows for eyes. When students arrive at the school, they enter the building through the mouth of the cat. Once inside, it’s just like any other school. But there’s at least one more purr-fect feature that students can enjoy: the cat’s tail found at the back of the building doubles as a slide!