25 of the most dangerous journeys to school in the world

The most incredible and unimaginable routes

Hard-won luxury
To the delight (or dismay) of millions, the new school term began in many countries throughout the world. But in some parts of the world, school is a hard-won luxury. Many children throughout the world take the most incredible and unimaginable routes in order to receive the education that some of us take for granted.

We were astounded to learn of the sheer bravery some of these kids show every day — all for the sake of enhancing their knowledge.

Five-hour journey through the mountains on a 1ft-wide path to the most remote school in the world, Gulu, China

Via unsecured wooden ladders, Zhang Jiawan Village, Southern China

To a boarding school through the Himalayas, Zanskar, Indian Himalayas

Travelling 800m on a steel cable, 400m above the Rio Negro River, Colombia

Going to school on a canoe, Riau, Indonesia

Through the forest across a tree root bridge, India

Riding a bull to school, Myanmar

Riding an auto rickshaw to school, Beldanga, India

Crossing a broken bridge in the snow to get to school in Dujiangyan, Sichuan Province, China

Traveling on the roof of a wooden boat in Pangururan, Indonesia

Walking across a plank on the wall of the 16th Century Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

Traveling by boat, Kerala, India

Riding a horse cart back from school, Delhi, India

Crossing Ciherang River on a makeshift bamboo raft, Cilangkap Village, Indonesia

A 125-mile journey to a boarding school through the mountains, Pili, China

Pupils walking on a tightrope 30 feet above a river, Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia

Crossing a river on inflated tire tubes, Rizal Province, Philippines


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