In This Vietnam Village Kids Are Ferried To School Across the River In Plastic Bags


In this small Vietnamese village, people are going to great lengths to ensure that their children can attend class and their sacrifice stands as an example to us all.

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Unfortunately, not everybody is fortunate enough to have easy access to education. In Huoi Ha town village in Vietnam, parents of schoolchildren are doing everything they can to offer their kids a reasonable chance at training.

According to Vov.vn, villagers go as far as risking their lives to get them children to school. How? They swim across the nearby Nam Chim river to shuttle their children to school, and with their clothes dry. Their method is plastic bags.

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During the dry season, kids in the area normally rely on makeshift bamboo bridges to help get them across the river. When the rainy season occurs, they often have to use rafts to get over, but when the currents are too strong, they could easily be swept off.

However, these Vietnamese kids know that education is vital if they want to get out of poverty, and will go to great lengths to ensure that they can attend class. Even if it means climbing into a plastic bag and being dragged across a raging river!

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Yes, you have read that well. Local “healthy men, fluent in rivers,” are bestowed the daily task of getting more than 50 schoolkids across the potentially deadly torrents – in plastic bags.

The kids are afraid but determined, watching anxiously as they await their turn while their peers are ferried across. The crossing is extremely dangerous as only a small mistake can mean being swept away by strong floodwaters..

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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.”

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“However, traveling is also difficult. We also hope that in the coming school years, there will be more investment from the state with more modern bridges to bring children to school in these rainy seasons.”

By “traveling” she means the 5-hour hike (15 kms) these dedicated kids have to complete on slippery forest roads after having survived the crossing…

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Thanks to coverage by Vov.Vn, a solution to the problem could be on the horizon, as the government is looking to invest in more bridges in the remote region.

Soon after the release of the original article, Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The said:

“After receiving the press agencies’ feedback on the situation of students still in the village Huoi Ha having to carry plastic bags to cross Nam Chim flood stream to school due to lack of investment in transport infrastructure, the Ministry of Transport has instructed Vietnam Road Administration to coordinate with local authorities at all levels to check and consider this issue.”

When the power of media is used for good things…

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