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'Access in Motion' teaches kids about education challenges in other countries

Last Updated May 14, 2016 at 5:51 pm PDT

(Credit: Shoshana Burton)

The walk replicates the 5km many students have to travel to access education

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A Vancouver man is on a mission to help raise local awareness about how difficult it can be to access education in other parts of the world.

Founder of The Walking School Bus Aaron Friedland explains the Access in Motion walk around the Langara golf course is intended to replicate the same distance some students have to go to get to school.

He hopes by participating, local students will gain a better understanding of how fortunate they are here. “We actually want to help raise awareness surrounding this issue but we also want to raise awareness in Vancouver to teach local students and families about their luxury of access to education and to really understand how fortunate they are to access it so readily.”

“So we are hoping to raise $25,000 which will cover the cost of buying one of our school buses in Uganda. That is what we are hoping to raise for that and then we are actually taking a group of 18 people to Uganda this summer.”

He adds the school benefiting from the bus is interfaith, teaching Muslim, Christian and Jewish students.

The walk takes place at The Langara Golf Course at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Click HERE for registration details.