|© Bryan Derballa/Sipa, New York - Today, it only takes Santiago an hour and 10 minutes to get to class, whereas It used to take him two hours and 30 minutes.|
© Bryan Derballa/Sipa, New York - Today, it only takes Santiago an hour and 10 minutes to get to class, whereas It used to take him two hours and 30 minutes.
“The Journeys to School exhibition changed my life,” says 14-year-old Santiago Muñoz, from New York (United States). “Before, I was always stressed out. Now I have more freedom.”
It used to take Santiago two hours and 30 minutes to get to class. Today it takes him less than half that time, all because of the UNESCO/ SIPA Press/Transdev photo exhibition, Journeys to School which opened at the United Nations on 4 March. The exhibition shows the difficulties children around the world face to get to school, including Santiago’s five-hour daily commute.
The local media took an interest in Santiago. They observed that children who went to school on rickshaws, donkeys, sleds or canoes (or on foot) took less time to arrive in class. Two weeks later, he had a new home.
“The housing authorities read about Santiago's tremendous effort to get an education. ”, explains Julio, Santiago’s father. “They helped us find a transfer.”