After only an hour-long downpour yesterday, Dhaka city became what can only be described as a scene from the famous movie Waterworld. People from all walks of life, especially school children were ones to suffer the most. Had it been in a developing country, schools would be declared closed, but not in Bangladesh -- here children fight the forces of nature and battle their way through wind and tide just to reach school.
As we know, the inability to get to school is a big reason why more than 60 million kids worldwide are living without a quality education. Bangladesh, takes its education seriously but it is not alone in its incredible story of children defeating the odds just to reach school. Here is a compilation by globalcitizen.org showing how children around the world go to extreme lengths just to go to school.
Without further ado, here are 7 examples of unusual or incredible school commutes around the world:
1. Kids crouch up a flooded rickshaw in Dhaka, Bangladesh
2. Indonesia cross the Ciberang River on a collapsed suspension bridge
3. No school bus? In Colombia, try a zip-line
4. These students in Southern China scale more ladders than an arcade game character on their way to school
5. All aboard the rubber tire in Philipines. Next stop: learning.
6. They're on a boat! Indonesian schoolkids take a nautical route to school
7. In the Himalayas, the trek to school is a journey through ice and snow