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A Journey to School in Photographs

July 10, 2013

When Sylvia's* father died, her mother remarried and Sylvia fell out of favor. Her situation was further complicated by the fact that her new father sees her as a burden–simply because she wants to go to school.

Sylvia attends school in Idete Magezara, a four-and-a-half mile walk from her home. She often makes this hour and a half walk twice a day–alone. Along her journey, she faces challenging weather and difficult terrain.

In addition to the long walk, dusty roads, and overgrown fields, there are many hidden dangers. Kidnappings and sexual assaults are common in the area and her walk to school will become much more dangerous as she gets older.

Watch our slideshow to follow her journey and see what an 8-year-old girl must go through just to attend school...

*Editor's Note: Sylvia's name has been changed to protect her identity.


Learn more about the journeys that other children must face in order to attend school:

A Second Chance

Determined to Learn

Mother and Daughter Perspectives

Balancing School and Work

You Don't Need to Become a Kamalari to Attend Class

The Benefits of an Education



 Judith Amtzis July 26, 2013 12:55 AM
Very interesting and illuminating.
 Plan International USA July 26, 2013 9:34 AM
Hi Judith,
Thank you for your interest in this story. Sometimes, pictures have a way of really showing what words cannot express. We hope that stories like this will bring attention to the struggles that these brave children face each and every day.