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The Other Hundred Educators is now available in Hong Kong: Step into a world beyond stereotypes

February 20, 2017 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Have you ever wondered in whose hands the future of the world actually lies? The Global Institute of Tomorrow (GIFT), a Hong Kong based independent think tank and executive education provider focused on advancing a deeper understanding of global issues, presents The Other Hundred Educators: a collection of present day educators who never make the headlines, but whose stories need to be told. In its 100 stories, the photo book challenges the common understanding of education and proves that, hidden from view, there are dedicated men and women with unconventional ways of passing on their knowledge – and who neither seek nor receive any special acknowledgement for their work. The third edition of The Other Hundred will be available globally March 2017.

“Instead of simply moulding the minds of the next generation, these teachers, through various methods and ideas that befit their circumstances, engage and support their communities, from children and adults to people with special needs. This is their contribution to our global society. With their ambition and their specifically designed and highly effective methods of education, their impact is as great as or greater than many of the elite institutions following orthodox practices.” says Chandran Nair, Founder and CEO of GIFT, and originator of The Other Hundred. The non-profit project questions conventions and raises awareness for the everyday heroes that are often overlooked.

The Other Hundred Educators’ 100 winning stories were picked from a pool of more than 1000 photo story submissions received from over 130 countries during the worldwide open call for submissions. An international panel of judges, including Ruth Eichhorn, former Editor-at-Large for the GEO Magazine family; Ami Vitale, winner of multiple WPP awards; and Zoher Abdoolcarim, Asia Editor for Time Magazine, selected the 100 entries that best represented the ethos of this series, thereby showcasing the great variety of educators to be found from all over the world. The winning stories come from 95 different countries and showcase 91 different types of educational practices that will encourage the reader to rethink traditional techniques and stereotypes about the field of education. Also included in the book are eight essays from acclaimed authors such as award-winning novelist Gish Jen and Academy Award-winning film-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.

These educational pioneers are even closer than one might think. Spanish born photographer Xaume Olleros captures Rooftop Republic’s unique style of urban farming on the rooftops of Hong Kong. The organisation offers workshops on the very top of high-rise buildings, in order to bring nutritious produce and environmental responsibility back to the concrete jungle.

Educators can also be found in the most remote of places. Little Rann of Kutch is one of the poorest and most deserted areas in India, with only 17 schools. Prabha Jayesh’s photos depict the teachers from her homeland that volunteer at these schools, which lack electricity nor running water.

Finally, these pioneers are in countries that are sometimes portrayed simplistically in mainstream discussions. The Cuban National Ballet has a one-of-a-kind educational programme with its own inspiring teachers. Rebekah Bowman revisited her South American roots to photograph the popularity of “psychoballet”, an expressive therapy that uses classical ballet as a tool to help rehabilitate children and adults with a wide range of special needs.

These are merely a few of the photographers and stories featured in The Other Hundred Educators. “These educators will never feature atop education ranks and lists, but The Other Hundred shows that the world of education is far more diverse and a lot more interesting than what is portrayed on the cover of business magazines”, believes Nair.

The Other Hundred Educators is published Oneworld Publications in London and will be available for sale in March 2017 for individual purchase in bookstores worldwide and Amazon, and bulk purchase on the website

In Hong Kong, The Other Hundred Educators is available in Bookzaine and Kelly & Walsh stores.

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