To the delight (or dismay) of millions, the school season is beginning in many countries throughout the world. But it’s important not to forget that, in some parts of the world, school can be a hard-won luxury. Many children throughout the world have to take the most incredible and unimaginable routes in order to receive the education that some of us may take for granted. This list we collected will show you just how determined some children can be when it comes to getting an education.
According to UNESCO, progress in connecting children to schools has slowed down over the past five years. Areas that lack suitable school routes can often flood, making it even harder for kids to commute. Dangerous paths are one of the main reasons why many children decide to quit school.
The solution might seem easy: build roads and bridges, buy buses and hire a driver. However, the lack of funds and recurring natural disasters in many countries make it difficult to provide children with the solutions they so desperately need.
5-Hour Journey Into The Mountains On A 1ft Wide Path To Probably The Most Remote School In The World, Gulu, China
Schoolchildren Climbing On Unsecured Wooden Ladders, Zhang Jiawan Village, Southern China
Kids Traveling To A Boarding School Through The Himalayas, Zanskar, Indian Himalayas
Pupils Crossing A Damaged Suspension Bridge, Lebak, Indonesia
Kids Flying 800m On A Steel Cable 400m Above The Rio Negro River, Colombia
Pupils Canoeing To School, Riau, Indonesia
Kids Traveling Through The Forest Across A Tree Root Bridge, India
A Girl Riding A Bull To School, Myanmar
Riding a Tuktuk (Auto Rickshaw) To School In Beldanga, India
Crossing a Broken Bridge In The Snow To Get To School In Dujiangyan, Sichuan Province, China
Children Traveling On The Roof Of A Wooden Boat In Pangururan, Indonesia
School Girls Walking Across A Plank On The Wall Of The 16th Century Galle Fort In Sri Lanka
Pupils Traveling By Boat in Kerala, India
Schoolchildren Riding A Horse Cart Back From School In Delhi, India
Students Crossing Ciherang River On A Makeshift Bamboo Raft, Cilangkap Village, Indonesia
125-Mile Journey To A Boarding School Through The Mountains, Pili, China
Pupils Walking On A Tightrope 30 Feet Above A River, Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia
Elementary School Students Crossing A River On Inflated Tire Tubes, Rizal Province, Philippines