Dangerous ways some kids go to school

Dangerous ways some kids go to school

imageOur local school just re-opened after 2 weeks holiday. As I drove past it this morning I was staggered by the number of kids getting driven to school (probably riskier than walking) and dropped at the front gate. If questioned, I am sure many parents would respond saying it is for their safety. I can’t quote exact figures but kids these days are safer than they have ever been from all kinds of risks – for various reasons, it is only our perception of the risk that has gone the other way. What are the by-products of this “safer way” – health, fitness, independence, learning, parental stress, risk awareness……..?

Take a look at how some kids in other countries get to school (From http://www.seenox.org/dangerous-complicated-unusual-ways-to-school-that-actually-exist/) and think about letting them walk or ride to school – at least part of the way.

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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Crossing a Broken Bridge In The Snow To Get To School In Dujiangyan, Sichuan Province, China

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Children Traveling On The Roof Of A Wooden Boat In Pangururan, Indonesia

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School Girls Walking Across A Plank On The Wall Of The 16th Century Galle Fort In Sri Lanka

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Pupils Traveling By Boat in Kerala, India

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Schoolchildren Riding A Horse Cart Back From School In Delhi, India
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Students Crossing Ciherang River On A Makeshift Bamboo Raft, Cilangkap Village, Indonesia

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125-Mile Journey To A Boarding School Through The Mountains, Pili, China

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Pupils Walking On A Tightrope 30 Feet Above A River, Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia

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Elementary School Students Crossing A River On Inflated Tire Tubes, Rizal Province, Philippines

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