By Kylie Knott
Chandran Nair’s latest book celebrates the educators and their schools that may not top education rankings but are no less significant
Good work often goes unheralded. A new photography book, The Other Hundred Educators – 100 stories selected from more than 1,000 submissions spanning 130 countries – shares some of these untold tales.
“Instead of simply moulding the minds of the next generation, these teachers support their communities, from children and adults to people with special needs,” says Chandran Nair, founder of the Global Institute for Tomorrow, the independent Hong Kong-based think-tank behind The Other Hundred, a non-profit project that honours everyday heroes
The Other Hundred Educators, available next month, is the third in a series. The inaugural edition – The Other Hundred: 100 Faces, Places, Stories – was released in 2013 in response to the growing list of lists celebrating achievement, such as the Fortune 500 and Forbes 30 Under 30. The second edition, The Other Hundred Entrepreneurs (2015), told stories of those whose businesses were begun with minimal resources.
The latest edition includes Spanish-born photographer Xaume Olleros’ images capturing the work of Rooftop Republic, an urban farming social enterprise that is greening the rooftops of Hong Kong. In Little Rann of Kutch, one of the poorest areas in India, photographer Prabha Jayesh turns the lens on teachers volunteering in the Gujarati district’s 17 schools, some of which are without electricity or running water.
“These educators will never feature atop education ranks and lists, but The Other Hundred shows that the world of education is more diverse and interesting than that portrayed on the covers of business magazines,” says Nair.
The Other Hundred Educators, published by Oneworld Publications, is available at Bookazine and Kelly & Walsh stores and from Amazon. For details, visit www.theotherhundred.com.