Inside the floating school built in Nigeria’s lagoon slum

In Makoko, a sprawling slum of¬†Nigeria’s megacity Lagos, a floating school capable of holding up to a hundred pupils has since November brought free education to the waterways known as the Venice of Lagos. It offers the chance of social mobility for youngsters who, like most of the city’s 21 million inhabitants, lack a reliable electricity and water supply and whose water-based way of life is threatened by climate change as well as rapid urbanization.

Akintunde Akinleye takes us on a photo tour of the floating school.


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A view of the Makoko fishing community is seen from top of a floating school on the Lagos Lagoon

Makoko Floating School

Makoko Floating School
Students who attend a floating school arrive by canoe to school in the Makoko fishing community

Makoko Floating School

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Makoko School Children
A girl sings during morning devotion before the start of classes at the floating school
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A teacher writes on the board at the floating school in Makoko fishing community

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