Standing in a semi-circle, a group of 30 children sing a song as their classroom sways with the waves.

“It’s fun here,” said nine-year old Arabella Gihay.

“It’s very near our house, and we are more comfortable here at sea,” said the young Bajau girl.

The Bajau, more commonly known as “sea gypsies”, number from 70,000 to 100,000 and often live their entire lives in the waters of Tawi-Tawi, Sulu, Basilan, and Zamboanga provinces in the southern Philippines.

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