How Kids Travel to School Around the Globe
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For students living in any rural area, getting to school can be quite difficult. In Canada, we are lucky to have relatively forgiving terrain, and today’s schools are often equipped to provide busing to students living in remote areas. Of course, it wasn’t always this way. Back before public transport and busing reached rural areas (and back when farming was a more predominant profession), students would walk through snowstorms for hours to get to school. In some countries, it’s not snowstorms, but rather mountainous terrain, flooding and rivers which stand in the way of a rural child making it to school on time.
We look at a few of the countries where students endure tough journeys to school, all on their pursuit of learning.
In Decun village in the Guizhou province of China, children get to school via a makeshift cable car. The trek to school in this mountainous region is normally a grueling 5 hours. In 2002, locals made a cable car to help children soar over the mountains and get to school faster. The cable car now serves the nearby village of 2,000.
In Indonesia, a nation of islands, it’s not unusual to see children canoeing to school through swampy waters or down rivers. It’s also not unusual to see children in rural areas taking bridges over waterways to get to school. In these areas especially, bridges are often poorly maintained and can be dangerous.
In the Rio Negro region of Colombia, students get to school via a zip line which runs 400km above the Rionegro river. It is typical for farmers to use the zip lines in this mountainous region to transport food and goods, but students have also been using it to get to school.
What do you think about these unusual ways of getting to school? Does it change your perspective on the importance of education?