MovingSchool humbly started in Goa where the first school opened in 2001.
The school project was created for the children of the migratory workforce who came to the South Indian state of Goa from the neighbouring state of Karnataka to do hard unskilled work.
Anders Linnet, Mette Lange and local partners worked in Goa in the years from 2001 to 2012 with mobile schools that came to the children.
Floating schools, built on wooden rafts in the river, rolling schools and premises rented for the purpose formed the framework for primary school education over the years.
Anders raised funds from his many lectures in, among others, Rotary clubs. A large, solid membership has paid membership fees. In addition, individuals have contributed – and there have been friends of the school, from Finland and Italy respectively, who have collected money for the schools’ operation in the respective countries.
With a large contribution from Rotary International in 2008, an IT school was opened in Devsu, Goa. This became a gathering point for several schools that could benefit from the 12 laptops. Along with dedicated teaching, the children were introduced to IT, the internet etc.
Mette, in her capacity as an architect, has been responsible for the construction of the physical framework of the mobile schools.
The school projects in Goa have almost been phased out, 1 school is left with approx. 20 students – simply because the Goan government has taken care of the problem and integrated the children into the local schools.
MovingSchool in Goa is a successful project – we are recognised by the Ministry of Education and designated as one of the most successful NGOs. Our local partners in Goa sit on a committee that deals with children in need, where their knowledge is shared.