Bamboo for Education    

Main Contributor: Sarah Stuttaford 

Other Contributors: Sara Hamann, Apsana Kafle, Arthur Lindhjem

Education in Youth

 Before Covid-19, UNESCO reported that one out five children, aged 6-17, were not in school. In Sub-Saharan Africa, one out of three youths were out of school. This lack of education can be attributed to widespread poverty and discrimination. Without enough financial resources, for example, the quality of teaching can be impaired as instructors may not have the proper certification or necessary school supplies. The persistence of racial, ethnic, and socio-economic inequalities can also bar students from receiving an education. Funding is necessary to improve the quality and accessibility of education, yet sustainable resources can help the physical classroom. Bamboo’s versatility in architecture, agriculture, and trade can even expand to education. 

Bamboo used in schools


  • After an earthquake and typhoon hit the Philippines in 2013, construction companies helped build new schools in the cities of Maribojoc and Loon using bamboo. Structural columns and parts of the roof were made out of bamboo because it was local and sustainable. 
  • In Thailand, the Panyaden International School is constructed from bamboo and other eco-friendly materials, which reduces their carbon footprint by 90%.
  • Located in Bangladesh, one school was made mostly out of bamboo, allowing it to stand on the water during the rainy season. This type of innovative architecture will be vital as sea levels continue to rise due to climate change.

Bamboo as school supplies


  • In Tanzania, about 5,000 women in rural communities have found an income creating bamboo items, such as school desks.
  • Writing utensils, like pens, are also made from bamboo, and you can even purchase them here!
  • Bamboo is also used to make rulers, dry erase boards, calculators, and paper.

Bamboo’s numerous uses can help improve the quality of education for students around the world.

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