Whether it’s walking for miles or bumping along in the back of an overcrowded truck, these 10 photos highlight the challenges some children face in accessing education. They celebrate the fact that despite the odds, they’ve made it to school!

1. Colombia: On donkey-back


A brother and sister ride on a donkey. The girl is wearing a school uniform and backpack.

2. Burkina Faso: Hitching a Ride on a Friend’s Bike


Two boys ride on a bicycle down a dirt road in Burkina Faso. Hitching a ride on a friend’s bike is always a good option!

3. Ecuador: Going to school means riding in a canoe

Several children from the community of "Pucachicta", located in the Ecuadorian Amazon must travel to another community where the primary school is located. Because they must walk a long way, their journey starts very early in the morning. After walking several kilometres to the river, they ride in a canoe.

4. Guatemala: On a Tuk-Tuk


  Three girls are getting ready to board a yellow tuk-tuk.

5. Thailand: Jungle Hike


This school route takes school children through a muddy trail and a river bed.

6. Brazil: In the school car … as long as it doesn’t get stuck


“On rainy days, the road is filled with mud, sometimes the car gets stuck in the mud. When that happens, we miss the first class at school. This is bad, but there is nothing we can do. It would be worse if we didn’t have any transportation,” says Estefany, a girl in Compassion’s programme who lives in a rural area. “I know that studying is what will help me to have a better life. When I grow up I want to be a lawyer and I know I need to study hard to make it happen. I hope all this is possible one day.”

7. Philippines: On your dad’s rickshaw


A man drives a rickshaw with children riding on it.

8. Ethiopia: The walking school bus


Children go to school single file, followed by an adult. 

9. Bolivia: An hour hike over rough terrain.


This six-year-old is keen to learn. Every day he has to walk an hour to school through farmland in the rain, wind and cold.

10. Peru: A 35-minute walk followed by a moto-taxi ride

A girl wearing a blue shirt and pink backpack jumps across a ditch on her way to school.

These children’s journeys to school are out of the ordinary not just because of the effort they involve or transportation. They’re extraordinary because these kids are in school when 58 million children between the ages of six and eleven around the world are not. Every child should have the right to an education. But poverty can cause children to miss out. Child sponsorship through Tearfund’s partner, Compassion, helps children receive the support they need to attend school, and eventually live a life free from poverty.

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