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Children who risk their lives every day on their way to school!

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For most parents and children, crossing the street is the most risky task on the way to school. But take a look at these Chinese schoolboys from the village of Genguan. Every day, these children walk along a perilous path carved on the edge of a hill when they go to their school in Guizhou Province in southwest China. Banpo Elementary School is located halfway to the mountain, and the path to it passes through dangerous mountain paths and tunnels carved into the rock. The footpath is less than half a meter wide, which means that children have to walk one at a time as close to the hill as possible. This walkway was created 40 years ago as an irrigation ditch, and although there is a safer way, it takes two hours longer. The only security guarantee for parents is that headmaster Xu Liangfang personally escorts 49 children to school.

This story may seem incredible, but it is a reality for children from poor regions. You will be surprised what obstacles some children have to overcome in order to get into school!

In Sumatra, Indonesia, about 20 students from the Batu Busuk village must walk 30 feet above the river, and then another seven miles through the forest to their school in the city of Padang. Children have been doing this trick for 2 years, as the suspension bridge collapsed during heavy rains.

In the other Indonesian village of Sangsjan Tanjung, some children must cross the broken suspension bridge to get to the other side of the Siberang River where their school is located. There is another bridge in the village, but it takes half an hour more to reach it.

However, there is some good news: the largest steel producer in Indonesia, PT Krakatau Steel and several public organizations are building a new bridge so as not to expose children’s life to such danger.

In another village, children rode bikes over the aqueduct that separates the villages of Suro and Plempungan on the island of Java, Indonesia. The students decided to use plumbing to shorten the way to school. Despite the fact that it is dangerous, they say that it is better than to cover a distance of more than six kilometers.

In the Philippines, elementary school students use an inflated tire to cross the river on their way to school in the remote village of Rizal, east of the capital Manila. Pupils need at least an hour to get to school, and sometimes they are forced to skip classes or hide in relatives' homes if the river overflows due to heavy rains. The public is asking the local government to create a suspension bridge to make going to school easier, faster and safer.

Filipino children even have inflated tires. These Vietnamese students are not so lucky. Tens of children from the 1st to the 5th grade swim across the river to get to the school in the village of Trong-Hoa, Min-Hoa district. In order not to wet clothes and books, they wrap them in large bags, and they cross the river almost naked. These packages are also used to keep afloat while children swim across the river. After they reach the other side of the river, they pull the clothes out of the bags and change clothes. The width of the river is 15 meters, and the depth is up to 20 meters!

Ropeways are common in the mountainous country of Nepal, where good roads are sorely lacking. Kids use homemade

"swing" made of uneven bars, improvised ropes and lifting mechanisms, without any safety belts. For decades, this attitude to safety has caused many accidents. Fortunately, several nongovernmental organizations have started building safe bridges and cableways.

In Colombia, children from several families living in the rainforest, 40 miles southeast of the capital Bogota, come to school on steel cables connecting one edge of the valley to another. This is the only way to get to school. Steel cables with a length of 800 meters are suspended at an altitude of 400 meters above the Rio Negro River.

Photographer Christoph Otto captured this striking picture in which Daisy Mora and her brother Dzhamid fly at a frantic speed of 50 miles per hour. Her brother is sitting in the bag, who at the age of five is still too small to use the cable himself. A regular branch is a brake, and the ride itself takes 60 seconds.

In China, about 80 schoolchildren living in a boarding school in Pili must make a dangerous journey of 125 miles across the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region at the end of the school year. Children also need to overcome four cold rivers, cross a 200-meter long chain bridge and four small bridges from one board.

And finally, in front of you is a striking picture taken in 2010 by Reuters photographer Ammar Awad. During clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinians in the Shuafat refugee camp, near Jerusalem, the girl quietly goes to her school, ignoring the violence around her. The street is filled with stones that the protesters threw in the direction of the Israeli military. This frame reminds me of the famous Tank in Tiananmen Square.

These incredible facts and photos show us schoolchildren who overcome difficulties every day. This is how education is valued and a pen forgotten at home is no reason to miss the school day!

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