|Lima, 7, makes a calculation at school in rural Wamena district, Papua. © UNICEF Indonesia/2014/Andy Brown|
Maima Village, Papua province, Indonesia, April 2014 - There’s a chill in the air and the sun is barely up when 8-year-old Tolaka and her sister Lima, 7, leave home for school at 6am. It takes them an hour to walk to class from the thatched hut they share with their mother, close to the banks of the River Baliem, in Papua’s Kurima sub district.
The route takes them over flooded grassland and along woodland tracks sticky with mud to SD Advent Maima primary school.
“I’m used to walking so I don’t get tired at all,” says Tolaka. “I’m happy to come to school. I have a lot of friends here and we like playing and skipping together.”