Here is the photographic journey of children from around the world who do not take their education for granted. They are willing to trek miles through difficult (and dangerous!) terrain in order to have the opportunity to furnish their young minds with wisdom and knowledge.
1. A girl and her brother in Columbia fly along a cable to cross the Rio Negro river to class.
There is only one way for this girl to cross the roaring Rio Negro river to get to her school in Colombia, and that is to glide at breakneck speed of 80 km per hour on the cable system, which connects both sides of the river. She carries her brother in a burlap sack, and uses a stick as a makeshift break. The 8oo m journey takes 1 minute to fly across.
2. Returning from boarding school, these students from Xinjiang make the precarious trek through the mountains back home.
In order to return home from boarding school after a term studying in Pili City in Guangzhou, these school children are forced to trek 200 km through the mountains and icy rivers of Xinjiang. They also must cross precarious bridges made of chains or planks.
3. These students in Indonesia make their way to class canoeing through the jungles of Riau.
4. A bridge made of tree roots makes for an interesting feature along these students’ daily commute to class.
5. The path to class is fraught with danger, as this young girl and parent cross an icy broken bridge in Dujiangyan, Sichuan province, China.
6. These children in Guizhou, China must travel along a 1-foot-wide cliff-side path in order to reach what is perhaps the most remote school in the world.
Banpo Primary School in Guizhou, China is located half-way up a steep mountain, and is probably the most remote school on earth. School children must trek a narrow mountain path—sometimes as narrow as 1-foot in width—which was cut into the rock several decades ago.
7. Students from Sanghiang Tanjung, Indonesia dare to cross a broken suspension bridge to get to class on time.
A group of school children from the Indonesian village of Sanghiang Tanjung willingly tackle a hazardous crossing: a broken suspension bridge in order to get to class on time. Rather than take a 30-minute detour to find safer place to cross, these kids decided to take their chances with this short-cut. Fortunately, a number of organizations have plans for a new bridge in the works.
8. Sri Lanka’s schoolgirls use a plank-bridge in order to cross the gap atop the 16th century ‘Galle fort’.
9. In another Indonesian village called Cilangkap, school kids float on bamboo rafts in order to reach their destination.
10. Elementary school kids in the Philippines cross a river with an inflatable inner tube.
These Filipino school children from Rizal province are so determined to get to class that they ride an inner-tube to cross a river, and then walk an hour every day in order to make the trip. The locals are now petitioning the government to build a suspension bridge to mitigate some of the difficulties.
11. Dozens of students in Delhi somehow manage to crowd onto a rickety old horse-drawn buggy to get to class.
12. Parents guide their kids along the precarious trek through the Himalayas to school each day.
13. These Nepalese students are crossing a gondola bridge on harnesses.
There are very few good roads in the mountainous regions of Nepal, and gondola bridges such as this one are common. School children also use plank bridges, ropes and pulleys in order to traverse the precipitous journey each day, and the trek has not been without its accidents. Apparently, certain organizations are working on getting more bridges put up.
The willingness of these children to endure difficulties in order to obtain even a small amount of education what many of us take for granted, illustrates the value of knowledge. Learning and education are among the greatest keys to success in life, for they enable us to understand and harmonize with the world in which we live. Share with your friends so we cherish such opportunities, and use them more wisely.