While most people find it hard to get up early in the morning, there are kids from different parts of the world who’ll do whatever it takes just to reach school. Even if they have to struggle and put their lives at risk.
Padang School, Indonesia
In order to reach Padang school, kids need to cross a collapsed bridge by balancing themselves in a tightrope wire that stretches about thirty feet above a flowing river. However, their journey doesn’t end there. They still need to walk seven miles through a thick tropical forest.
Plempungan Village School, Indonesia
As a means to reach school, kids decided to use an aqueduct that connects the Plempungan Village and Suro Village. Though it was never built as a passageway for humans, school children prefer to take the risk of crossing the dangerous path than walking six kilometers.
A Remote School, Colombia
For kids to reach a remote school in Colombia, they need to traverse a dense rainforest using a steel cable. They even have to zip-line along an 800-meter cable at a speed of 50 mph.
In the photo above, a young girl is photographed carrying her younger brother in a sack because he is still too young to use the zip line by himself.
Boarding School, Pili, China
In Pili, China, 80 kids study at a boarding school. However, the journey that awaits them at the end of the school year is very risky. They need to walk 125 miles over steep mountains and chain bridges. They also have to pass through four freezing rivers. Normally, they spend about two days to complete the journey.
A School in Jerusalem
Despite the turmoil between Palestinians and Israeli troops, this courageous kid decided to take the risk just to be at school.
Decun Village School, China
Kids who want to attend their classes at Decun Village School must cross a deep canyon using a wobbly cable car. Although the cable car has no safety features for kids, many prefer to ride the dangerous vehicle than walk five miles on foot.
Dujiangyan School, China
To reach Dujiangyan School, kids must pass through a wooden bridge. But after one devastating storm, it was broken. Still, it is passable.
During winter, the bridge becomes a very treacherous path because the snow leaves it slippery. One wrong move and you will fall down.
Sanghiang Tanjung Village School, Indonesia
After a severe storm, this bridge, which is built over the Ciberang River, was devastated. But it wasn’t an excuse for kids not to go to school. Later on, an Indonesian steel company offered to build a new bridge to ensure kids get to attend their classes safely.
Zhang Jiawan Village School, Southern China
Long ago, this village in China was known for its excellent defense mechanisms. But now it has become a hindrance because children have to climb up and down an unsafe ladder that was once built for protection.
Banpo Elementary School, China
To reach school, 49 kids have to walk along a cramped mountain road for two hours. Because there are some parts of the path that are too dangerous, the kids are often accompanied by Headmaster Xu Liangfan.