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Collapse of floating school sinks education in Lagos slum


Barely four years after it took off amid international acclaim, Nigeria’s floating school in the Lagos slum of Makoko has collapsed. Hundreds of children in the community now have little or no hope of getting an education.

Built of timber struts and floating on a platform made of 250 plastic barrels, Makoko Floating School became a symbol of hope for the deprived area, which is home to 100,000 inhabitants but which has few facilities and has been described as “the world’s biggest floating slum”.

The international attention it garnered helped protect the community it served from eviction by the Nigerian government, which in 2012 declared the stilt district illegal.


The school also promised to provide much-needed educational facilities, as well as elevating the reputation of its architect.

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