19 January 2012

Children going to school

Children hold on to the side bars of a collapsed bridge as they cross a river to get to school at Sanghiang Tanjung village in Indonesia. The flooded Ciberang river broke a pillar supporting the suspension bridge, which was built in 2001, on Monday. Sofiah, a student crossing the bridge, says she would need to walk for an extra 30 minutes if she were to take a detour via another bridge.
Show these to your children if/when they complain about having to wait for the school bus.  Alternatively show them this photo of a mountainside path to school in China, or this one (a three-hour hike for the privilege of attending school...)

The two photos come from a photoessay of eight posted at an MSN affiliate.  Text translation via The Telegraph.  Photo credit Reuters/beawiharta.

Addendum - veganboyjosh remembered another example I posted two years ago of children using a zip line to cross a chasm to get to school.


  1. sort of makes my 4miles to skill uphill both ways story I tell my kids about when I walked to school a little weak.

  2. I thought for sure one of your links would be to this video:


    Kids in South America take a zipline across a valley without much in the way of safety equipment...

  3. josh, I posted a still image of that story a couple years ago, and totally forgot about it when writing this post.

    Added as an addendum. Thanks for the heads-up.

  4. and to think my daughter whinges about having to get up early enough for us to DRIVE her to school!

  5. Wow. I am so lucky to go to college.

  6. If there's a will, there's a way


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