Most kids don’t value school enough because they either go to school by bus, their parents take them there, or the school is simply close enough to walk to it.
However, the kids in Huoi Ha, Dien Bien, Vietnam, don’t have it as easy. They know that their education is absolutely vital if they want to not live in poverty, and they are going great lengths to ensure that they can attend their classes in school – even if it means being dragged across a raging river in a plastic bag.
You see, the flimsy bamboo bridges and rafts the villagers usually use are unusable when the river floods during the rainy season, and it’s then when the “healthy men” step in and pull more than 50 students across the dangerous torrents.
Vov.Vn reports that the kids are afraid, but they are determined to go to their classes. The river crossing is very dangerous, of course, and even the smallest mistake can end up in being swept away by the strong torrents.
Mr. Vo A Giong, the head of Huoi Ha village, said: “Now this stream is very dangerous, my relatives usually take the children by raft but now cannot use it. I hope that the state will invest in suspension bridges soon for people to travel more conveniently.
Ms. Nguyen Thi Thuy, Principal of Na Sang secondary school boarding school, agreed that something must be done about the situation. “The flood rains have divided Huoi Ha village,” she said. “From our school, there are more than 50 students in Huoi Ha village and so far, the teachers and parents have mobilized the children to attend classes the best they can.”
The head of the village, Vo A Giong, said that this stream is very dangerous, and his relatives usually take the children by raft, but cannot use it now.
He hopes that the state will invest in normal bridges for the people to travel more conveniently.
Check out the video of the situation for yourself below: