Ganjam: Lack of road and school has failed to deter the determination of Swarna, her sister Sugyani and one Kanhu of Kaliamba village under Bhanjanagar block in Ganjam district to pursue their studies.

Swarna Nayak, and her sister Sugyani daughter of Somnath Nayak and Kanhu Nayak son of Dukhi Nayak paddle their cycle daily for five km to reach their school situated at Malaspadar village as their village has no school.

Swarna and Kanhu, both the students of Class-VIII brave all odds like elephant herds, wild animals on their way to reach their reach the school through the dense forest daily.

They go to the school and return regularly. Reportedly, their parents are under stress till they return home safely.

However, these problems have not prevented them from continue their studies. Both of them want to continue their study and become a teacher so that they teach the student of their villages who are not able go to school.

Swarna said, “She wants to complete her studies and be a teacher so, that children of the village don’t face the difficulties she and her sister face.”

Kanhu also echoed Swarna’s sentiments and said he wants to do something for his village.

Kanhu and Swarna are now in class VIII, from next year they have to go three km more to high school situated at Jilundi village.

They said that if the administration makes a road to village then it would immensely help the villagers.

Swarna and Kanhu are examples for others, as lack of road has not prevented from pursuing their education at a time, when we see many children leave their education due to problem.