Many children don’t even think twice about their journey to school. They get driven to and from by their parents, ride the school bus or perhaps take a short walk. Some may even moan about their simple little journey! But it’s not that easy for a lot of children around the world. In some countries, it’s a real luxury to be able to attend school. Some of the journeys these kids have to take are incredibly dangerous and can take a very long time. But they do these journeys because they want to go to school and learn, something that many of us more fortunate people easily take for granted. Check out our collection of the most unusual and dangerous school journeys you will ever see.
Gulu, South West China
These children are making their way up the mountain to their school. They only have a pathway that is 0.5 meters wide and nothing to stop them from falling down the cliff.
Zhang Jiawan Village, Southern China
Children from the ‘Zhang Jiawan’ village have to make their way down to their school in the valley below. This is the quickest way down and the only alternative is a 4 hour cross-country detour.
Zanskar, Indian Himalayas
The only way to these kids’ boarding school is to trek through the Himalayas. As you can see, there’s no way any vehicles could drive over the icy rocks.
This suspended bridge provides a much quicker route to school for these kids. They could avoid it but that would add a further 30 minutes to their journey.
Rio Negro River, Colombia
This steel cable is 800 meters long and 400 meters high. It takes 60 seconds to zoom down it. When it rains, the cable becomes too slippery and the children have to stay home that day.
These children have to take canoes to get to school.
Nongsohphan Village, India
Students have to cross a bridge grown from the roots of a rubber tree.
Why walk when you can ride a bull to school?
How many children can you cram into 1 Tuktuk? A lot, it seems!
Dujiangyan, Sichuan Province, China
This mother and her daughter have to cross this broken bridge as it’s the only thing connecting their village to the outside world.
By standing on the roof, more students can fit on this boat that takes them across the river to school.
The only way across the Galle Fort is over this plank.
There’s a strong horse at the front of this carriage pulling these children along to get them to school.
Cilangkap Village, Indonesia
Since the bridge that crossed this river broke, the children have been using a makeshift bamboo raft to get across.
The original bridge that crossed this river broke a few years ago, so these children have to use these wires to get across.
Rizal Province, Philippines
There are no bridges across this river, but that doesn’t stop these children getting to school. They have to use inflated tire tubes and float across.