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The most dangerous school trip on our planet is actually not a trip, it’s a daily expedition. It’s a walk to the most remote school in the world. The average UK school expedition can be a stressful experience that begins with the shouts of children, and ends with a skinny latte for stressed teachers and parents. But, in Sichuan Province, that type of journey would be a joy to undertake.
Twice daily, pupils who attend Gulu, a school in China, have to climb a mountain to be educated. Students must negotiate a narrow, rocky mountain pass and cross freezing rivers as the school is located halfway up a mountain, and takes 5 hours to climb.
As UK risk managers, we know how to lower the cost of risk – but finding a safe, risk-free way up this mountain might test even our expertise.
School trips are an essential part of every child’s learning experience. Certain high-profile incidents resulting in the death or injury of pupils on school trips has made some schools reluctant to offer them. However, schools just need to make sure that they have appropriate health and safety measures in place – we find out more in this report.