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6 Kids' Unique Journeys to School

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For these six children getting to school is no simple matter. But neither mountain ranges nor rivers will stop them from getting an education. And like their commitment to learning, our admiration for them knows no bounds. 

Brothers Arnolance and Alvin's mode of transportation is a bit unusual, but they say that as long as they have their horse, nothing will stop them from getting to school. The boys live in a remote village in Indonesia and have to cross a river and through a forest to get to their school building. Alvin, 10, wants to be a soccer player and Arnolance, 14, dreams of becoming police officer one day. Photographer: Rena Tanjung

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In India, Sarvan leaves home at 7 a.m. to start his 1.5-hour long walk to school. The route takes him through the desert where temperatures can reach up to 50 degrees Celsius. “Nearly every day I get burns on my feet walking in the sand as it heats up during the afternoons. There are also times when I bleed from my nose because of the heat.” Photographer: Daniel Mung

Aye Aye lives in Myanmar where she must cross a muddy village on foot before she reaches the river bank, where a boat picks her and other school children up each morning. The journey takes about 2 hours in total. How does Aye Aye keep the mud off her pristine white uniform? “We walk barefoot in the mud. If we walk with slippers, it is more slippery.” Photographer: Khaing Min Htoo

Across a stream and up a mountain, Jenel’s walk to school takes him 2 hours. But he is focused and sure-footed. Though the walk is a long and treacherous one, Jenel, 8, says that he’s gotten used to it. It’s what he must do, "because my father said that going to school will give me a better future.” Photographer: Mong Jimenez

Tay’s ride to school has become much easier since World Vision built a road between her Laotion village and her school. And now, 9-year-old Tay has a sporty, pink bike to make her journey even easier. Photographer: Ammala Thomisith




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