It’s not easy for some parents to let their children go to school on their own for the first time. But, in some places the issue has less to do with attachment than and more to do with safety: in many parts of the world, schools are not as easy to reach as you may think.
Maybe you’ll be amazed to see that many children risk their lives in order to get education, but education can be a “hard-won luxury” for children living in Mountains in China or Himalayas in India!
The progress in connecting children to schools has slowed down over the past five years… Risky routes are one of the main reasons why many kids chose to quit school.
1. Schoolchildren Crossing a Damaged Suspension Bridge, Lebak, Indonesia
About 20 strong-willed pupils from Batu Busuk village on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, have to move from one side of the local river to the other like acrobats, since the suspension bridge collapsed in heavy rain more than two years ago (in January 2012).
Images credits: Reuters
2. Crossing Dangerous River, Sanghiang Tanjung, Indonesia
Sanghiang Tanjung is another Indonesian village where kids have to cross a broken suspension bridge from one of the sides of Ciberang River to the other.
The good news is: after media reported the story, Indonesia’s largest steel producer, PT Krakatau Steel, built a new bridge, in order to help the children could cross the river securely.
Images credits: Reuters
3. Pupils Canoeing to School, Riau, Indonesia
Image credits: Nico Fredia
4. Children Traveling On the Roof of a Wooden Boat in Pangururan, Indonesia
Image credits: Muhammad Buchari
5. Aqueduct Uses as a Road, Indonesia
This aqueduct divides Suro Village and Plempungan Village in Java, Indonesia. Children here also have to take a long journey to reach the school. The aqueduct is used as a road because it’s a faster route. Even though it is dangerous, the children say theywould rather use it than walk a distance of over six kilometers.
6. Students Crossing Ciherang River on a Makeshift Bamboo Raft, Cilangkap Village, Indonesia
Image credits: Reuters/Beawiharta Beawiharta
7. 5-Hour Journey Into the Mountains On a 1ft Wide Path to Probably The Most Remote School In The World, Gulu, China
Image credits: Sipa Press
8. Crossing a Broken Bridge in the Snow to Get To School in Dujiangyan, Sichuan Province, China
Image credits: Imaginechina / Rex Features
9. Schoolchildren Climbing On Unsecured Wooden Ladders, Zhang Jiawan Village, Southern China
Image credits: Imaginachina/Rex Features
10. 125-Mile Journey to a Boarding School through the Mountains, Pili, China
Image credits: unknown
11. Kids Traveling Through the Forest Across a Tree Root Bridge, India
Source: The Atlantic
12. Riding a Tuktuk (Auto Rickshaw) to School in Beldanga, India
Image credits: Dilwar Mandal
13. Kids Traveling to a Boarding School through the Himalayas, Zanskar, Indian Himalayas
Image credits: Timothy Allen
14. Schoolchildren Traveling By Boat in Kerala, India
Image credits: Santosh Sugumar
15. Pupils Riding a Horse Cart Back From School in Delhi, India
Image credits: Daily Mail
16. Elementary School Students Crossing a River on Inflated Tire Tubes, Rizal Province, Philippines
Image credits: Bullit Marquez /AP
Many elementary school students in Rizal province, east of Manila, the capital of the Philippines, use an inflated tire tube to cross a river on their way to school. It takes over an hour each day to get to and from school.
Image credits: Dennis M. Sabangan / EPA
17. School Girls Walking Across a Plank on the Wall of the 16th Century Galle Fort in Sri Lanka
Image credits: Reuters/Vivek Prakash
18. A Girl Riding a Bull to School, Myanmar
Image credits: Andrey
19. Kids Flying 800m On A Steel Cable 400m Above The Rio Negro River, Colombia
Some kids in Columbia live essentially in the rainforest. 40 miles southeast of the capital, Bogota, areas are connected to each other via steel cables. This way is the only available way to school, where kids have to travel using steel cables. The steel cables are 800 meters in length are strung 400m above the roaring Rio Negro.
Image credits: Christoph Otto
20. A Palestinian Girl Walking Towards her School Unconcerned by Israeli Forces
This meaningful photo was taken by photographer Ammar Awad in 2010. Its shows a Palestinian girl quietly walking towards her school with Israeli military personelle standing only meters away.
Education is a civil right; a basic human right. It is an investment in the future skills and capabilities of the coming generations. In countries where the way to school is not dangerous, difficult, or far: a little appreciation may be in order.