Hate taking the bus to school? Try swimming!
Hate taking the bus to school? Try swimming! Indian students cross the Heran River to return home after attending school at Sevada village in Narmada District of Gujarat state, India (AP photos)
Hate taking the bus to school? Try swimming!
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It's a long, wet journey to school for 61 teenagers in part of western India. If they want to learn, they have no choice but to swim.

The boys and girls carry books, papers and changes of clothing in plastic bags or buoyant jugs as they cross the Heran River, where in some places, it's shoulder deep. Parents or other adults sometimes accompany them on the 50-foot swim.

The girls put on their dry clothes in a small changing room while the boys change on the riverbank.

The students then walk up to 3 miles to their high school in Gujarat state's Narmada District. It's shorter and quicker than the alternative, a road with a bridge takes a circuitous, 16-mile route. There's no public transportation.

The students say the swim is worth it for an education that can help lift them out of poverty in India. At least 700 million people there live on less than $1.25 a day.

The Utavali High School principal said the students from the villages across the river are very determined to get to class. They have swum the river during heavy rain that made the for dangerous currents.

The school is trying to accommodate them by forgiving late arrivals and if the weather is bad, students are sent home early.

"We have asked for a bridge time and time again," Principal Rajendra Purohit said.

Critical thinking challenge: Why are the teens so eager to learn? Is it because they love swimming to school?

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COMMENTS (403)
  • John0724-YYCA
    8/19/2014 - 08:00 p.m.

    I feel really bad for the teenagers in Gujarat. I'm really thankful that I don't live in Gujarat. People should be thankful that they live in America because they don't have to swim to get to school in the dirty ocean. Some teenagers could die if they can't swim well. The people there should really build a bridge or some people would not let there children go to that school.

    • Steve0620-yyca
      7/27/2015 - 05:56 p.m.

      REBUTTAL:

      I think that it is exciting for the children to go ahead and try new things. They take a bus to school but if it is raining too hard where it starts to rise, then they could try swimming. The bus will be too slow and might even be damaged because of the bad streets and the overflow of water. The bus won't be able to function properly. Maybe it will be fun to swim to school.

  • isabelk-Sch
    8/20/2014 - 11:34 a.m.

    Some people do not have the opportunity to go to school but when they do they will do anything to get there. People such as Malala will do anything to go to school. Majority of the jobs today you need a college diploma. You just have to understand that some kids dream is to go to school!

  • kelsit-Sch
    8/20/2014 - 01:49 p.m.

    that would be such a long journey to take! I don't think that I would make it that far if I swam to school. I think that it's a great that the teachers allow lates and send them early if they have bad weather.

  • annari-Sch
    8/20/2014 - 01:52 p.m.

    I think it is great that they do that to get education. But I really think they should get a bridge or find a better way to get to that school.

  • Lorena N
    8/20/2014 - 11:05 p.m.

    Summary: 61 teenagers in part of western India go to school by swimming. The boys and girls carry books, papers and changes of clothing in plastic bags or buoyant jugs as they cross the Heran River, where in some places, it's shoulder deep. The students then walk up to 3 miles to their high school in Gujarat state's Narmada District. The students say the swim is worth it for an education that can help lift them out of poverty in India.
    Opinion: This story is amazing! I cant believe children will swim to get to school. That proves that they really do care about school . They are brave and courageous. But I think that kids should take the bus because it is way safer than swimmer in a lake. Those children may even drown out there. Probably there are also very dangerous sea animals out there in the lake.

  • shelby5469
    8/22/2014 - 08:12 a.m.

    There are eager to learn so the can get their education.


    Since they don't have buses its easier for them to walk to school in the water because they been doing it over years.

  • Adriane927
    8/22/2014 - 08:19 a.m.

    Why are the teens so eager to learn? Is it because they love swimming to school? The students say the swim is worth it for an education that can help lift them out of poverty in India.

  • Markala87001
    8/22/2014 - 08:23 a.m.

    These students are so eager to go to school , because it might just bring them out of India so the can live life right , how the want to . They go to school for learning , they want to come up and out of Indian .

  • Wade42601
    8/22/2014 - 08:27 a.m.

    Most people in America don't want to go to school. They literally have to walk through 50 feet of water just to get to school. I would like to say i would do it but I probably wouldn't

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