Children In Vietnam Are Being Ferried Across Rivers In Plastic Bags So They Could Go To School

When most of the kids were trying to find excuses to avoid going to school, parents in Vietnam are doing whatever they can to help their children have access to higher education that can allow them to succeed in life.

Parents from the Huoi Ha Village are risking their own lives just to help their kids have access to education.

Parents are placing kids in giant plastic bags while they swim across the Nam Chim River to get their children to school without making them wet.

When it’s the dry season, students in the village use the makeshift bamboo bridges to cross the river. But when the rainy season comes, students have to use rafts to get from point 1 to point 2. However, when streams are too strong, parents have to place their kids inside plastic bags and transport them through the river.

Parents in the Huoi Ha Village swim in the river and risk their lives.

The chairman of Na Sang Commune, Vang A Po, said, “We have warned local residents of latent risks to travel through the stream by plastic bags, but the swift-flowing water can also sweep rafts away, so they have to choose this way. Earlier, a local person was injured in a capsized raft here.”

Nguyen Minh Phu, the chairman of the Muong Cha District, said that the plastic bag usage by the parents in the area is common.

But the chairman also warns the villages to use the technique only when the stream is high and when it is unsafe to pass on the bamboo bridge.

But this is not the only problem the kids and the parents face once they have crossed the river.

Students have to walk for 5 hours through a slippery terrain to reach the school, and usually, they stay there for one week before they return home for the weekends.

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