It’s back to school season and millions of students are returning to their classrooms for another year of studies. While most students in Western countries only have to worry about catching the bus in the morning, those in remote regions around the world often have to go through much more to get to school. From navigating dangerous paths to crossing flooded areas on flimsy bridges, these school children show that there isn’t an obstacle big enough to stop them from learning.
These are just a few examples of what some students around have to go through during their daily commute.
It takes five hours to get to one of the most remote schools in the world. The school is located in the mountains of Gulu, China.
In the forests of Zhang Jiawan Village, Southern China, students have to use ladders to climb the steep hills.
Going to boarding school in the Indian Himalayas involves traversing through mini icebergs.
In Lebak, Indonesia, students often rely on a damaged suspension bridge to get across the river.
After the story spread, Indonesia’s largest steel producer, PT Krakatau Steel, built a new bridge, so that the children could cross the river safely. (Reuters)
It’s normal for students to use steel cables as a means of transportation when crossing the Rio Negro River in Colombia .
Pupils often use canoes to get to school in Riau, Indonesia.
This fallen tree root in India functions as a natural bridge.
This girl from Myanmar rides a bull to school.
Auto rickshaws are used as the standard mode of transportation for these students in Beldanga, India
Students in Dujiangyan, Sichuan Province, China have to cross a broken bridge in the snow to get to school.
Children cross the waters in Pangururan, Indonesia on the roof of a wooden boat.
A plank on the wall of the 16th century Galle Fort in Sri Lanka serves as a platform for these schoolgirls to walk on.
Pupils use boats to get to school in Kerala, India.
A horse cart in Delhi, India helps these childeren get back from school.
These students resort to using makeshift bamboo rafts to get to their school in the remote Cilangkap Village in Indonesia.
In the mountains of Pili Village in China, a 125-mile journey to boarding school is the norm.
30 feet above a river in Padang, Indonesia, a student hangs on to a tightrope as he tries to get himself to the other side.
Elementary school students use inflated tire tubes to cross the rivers of Rizal Province in the Philippines.
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