Thursday, September 4, 2014

There, but for the grace of God, go I. Part 1




I was reminded of the above comment and image by something that arrived in my email box last night. That something was an item headed 25 of the Most Dangerous and Unusual Journeys to School in the World

What we take for granted, even complain about, others treasure. The following photographs, and the one above, made me realise again just how lucky we are, not only in respect of water and school but in all aspects. In the words of the Desiderata: “With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.”

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From the item sent:

“According to UNESCO, progress in connecting children to schools has slowed down over the past five years. Areas that lack suitable school routes can often flood, making it even harder for kids to commute. Dangerous paths are one of the main reasons why many children decide to quit school. The solution might seem easy: build roads and bridges, buy buses and hire a driver. However, the lack of funds and recurring natural disasters in many countries make it difficult to provide children with the solutions they so desperately need.”

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5-Hour Journey Into The Mountains On A 1ft Wide Path To Probably The Most Remote School In The World, Gulu, China




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Schoolchildren Climbing On Unsecured Wooden Ladders, Zhang Jiawan Village, Southern China



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Kids Traveling To A Boarding School Through The Himalayas, Zanskar, Indian Himalayas


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Pupils Crossing A Damaged Suspension Bridge, Lebak, Indonesia



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Kids Flying 800m On A Steel Cable 400m Above The Rio Negro River, Colombia



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Pupils Canoeing To School, Riau, Indonesia


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Kids Traveling Through The Forest Across A Tree Root Bridge, India


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A Girl Riding A Bull To School, Myanmar


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Riding a Tuktuk (Auto Rickshaw) To School In Beldanga, India


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