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26 of the most astonishing journeys kids make to get to school

Summer is well and truly over and the new school year is in session. Come 9.00am, we’re back to hearing weary groans from student early-risers all around the globe, and as you battle with your Mum while she tried to drag you out from between the sheets, it’s worth remembering some of the epic – and undeniably dangerous – journeys some children have to make each morning just to get to school…

1. Rizal Province, Philippines – School students cross a river on an inflated tyre…

Via Bullit Marquez

2. Cilangkap Village, Indonesia – Children ride a makeshift bamboo raft to cross the Ciherang River…

Via Reuters/Beawiharta Beawiharta

3. Colombia – Children soar 800m on a steel cable suspended 400m above the Rio Negro River…

Via Christoph Otto

4. Riau, Indonesia – These children canoe to school everyday…

Via Nico Fredia

5. Lebak, Indonesia – Students clamber across a damaged suspension bridge…

Via Reuters

6. Myanmar – Children wade through rice fields, knee-deep mud and even cross a river just to get to school… 

Via Wvi

7. Gulu, China – Children make the 5-hour hike on a 1-ft-wide path to one of the world’s most remote schools…

Via Sipa Press

8. Zanskar, India – Kids trek through freezing Himalayan temperatures to reach their boarding school…

Via BoredPanda

9. Myanmar – A young girl rides to school on the back of a bull…

Via Audrey

10. Kashmir, India – Children cross the remainder of a footbridge that was damaged in a storm…

Via 4alltravelers

11. Zhang Jiawan Village, Southern China – Kids climb unsecured wooden ladders…

Via BoredPanda

12. Cairo, Egypt – Children cling onto the back of a truck to get to their school in Ibsheway el-Malaq Village, 103 miles away from their home in Northeast Cairo…

Via 4alltravelers

13. Meghalaya, India – Students journey through a forest across a tree root bridge…

Via The Atlantic

14. Bassi Kalan Village, India – Two boys carry their desks to safety after their school was flooded…

Via 4alltravelers

15. Beldanga, India – Kids ride to school on a Tuk Tuk…

Via Dilwar Mandal

16. Sri Lanka – Schoolgirls cross a narrow plank between the walls of the 16th-century Galle Fort…

Via 4alltravelers

17. Sichuan Province, China – A child crosses a bridge in the snow to get to school in Dujiangyan…

Via Imaginechina//Rex Features

18. Delhi, India – Kids ride home on the back of a horse cart…

Via Reuters

19. Pangururan, Indonesia – Children cruise home on the top of a wooden boat…

Via Muhammad Buchari

20. Pili, China – Kids scale a steep cliff as they make the 125-mile hike through the mountains to reach their boarding school…

Via BoredPanda

21. Shengji County, Bijie city, China – Children make the 5-hour journey through the mountains in order to get to class…

Via 4alltravelers

22. Padang, Sumatra, Imdonesia – Children edge across a tightrope hanging 30-ft above a river…

Via Panjalu Images//Barcroft Media

23. Kerala, India – Students ride to school on a wooden river boat…

Via Santosh Sugumar

24. Afganistan – School children walk past U.S. troops in war-torn Afganistan…

Via 4alltravelers

25. Toronto, Canada – Kids battle through a serious blizzard in order to get to school…

Via 4alltravelers

26. Havana, Cuba – A young boy wades through thigh-deep water to get to school after heavy floods submerge parts of the Cuban capital…

Via The Atlantic

So next time you complain about having to go to school, spare a thought for the lengths some kids are willing to go to in order to receive an education.

Image via Nico Fredia

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