From Pakistan to Colombia
These are the 12 most dangerous methods of education in the world
They cross mountain passes or walk over rickety bridges: a rescue mission in Pakistan shows how many children take unusual routes to get to school.
Gulu, China: This path leads through the mountains to a 30 cm wide path. It’s a five-hour flight to the most remote school in the world.
Padang, Sumatra: These students have to balance on a rope on their way to school. The rope is 30 meters above the river.
Zhang Jiawan, South China: Schoolchildren climb unsafe wooden stairs to go to school in Zhang Jiawan Village, which is located on top of a mountain.
Zanskar, India: Two girls are on their way to a boarding school in Zanskar – and for this they must first cross the Himalayas.
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Lebak, Indonesia: Schoolchildren cling to the side steel rails of a collapsed bridge as they cross a river to reach school in Sangyang Tanjung village in Banten state, Indonesia. The suspension bridge has been repeatedly destroyed by the flooding of the Seberang River.
Rio Negro, Colombia: This is how they get to school. Children in Colombia descend the Rio Negro River to get to class. The cable car is at an altitude of 400 metres.
Nongrit, India: Villagers repair the double-decker root bridge in Meghalaya state, northeastern India. Suspension bridges, which were planted by members of the Khasi tribe of rubber trees, have their origins in the region. These bridges are used daily by children who go to school.
Bailey, China: These children in China make a very dangerous 200-kilometer trek through the mountains to get to a boarding school.
Galle Fort, Sri Lanka: Schoolgirls walk on a plank on a 16th-century wall.
Bangororan, Indonesia: Every day, schoolchildren gather in a wooden boat and cross the river to go to school. Several of them even stand on the boat deck.
New Delhi, India: Dozens of school children sit on a horse-drawn carriage to get to school.
Cape Silang, Indonesia: These students cross the Ciherang River on a bamboo raft.
There were exciting hours – in the end, in Amazing rescue mission in Pakistan All six children and adults were freed from the cable car gondola. On their way to school in the northern village of Batagram, the children were stuck 365 meters above a valley. The eight passengers were held all day in a cabin that was open on both sides before they were rescued by soldiers and civil emergency services.
And these schoolchildren are no exception: every day, millions of children around the world must travel dangerous roads to get to school. According to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), there are still countless areas where there are no proper ways to get to school. Students often have to take paths subject to frequent flooding, descend into valleys, or walk narrow paths that lie on the edge of a cliff. Others walk for miles through mountain paths.
You can see a photo series of the 12 most dangerous ways to go to school around the world above.
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