Going to school for students in well-developed cities means hopping onto one of the school buses and enjoying a smooth ride to the school. However, in Madhya Pradesh, small children are climbing high mountains, rafting through rivers and sliding in valleys to gain the education.
Mehgaon, a Nagar panchayat in Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh doesn’t have any secondary school. A group of at least 24 children has to cross a forested area and the Ganjal river to reach their school in Bori.
Gyan Singh, a teacher at the secondary school told news agency ANI that a total of 232 students study in the school in Bori. Since there is no school in Mehgaon that offers higher education, the students are left with no other option but to travel seven kilometers to the school.
Recommendations have been made to higher authorities to build roads and bridges across the river, however, no such development has taken place so far. Naveen Vishwakarma, Secretary of Bori Panchayat further told the news agency, “On multiple occasions, we have written to authorities with a demand for proper roads and a bridge across the river. It’s a big work, which doesn’t fall under the panchayat. Hence, we have to talk to the higher authorities for the same.”