High up on the mountains, life is hard for teachers and students alike

By Mai Thanh Hai, Thanh Nien News

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It is Teachers' Day. 
But in some remote, moutainous parts of the country, the festive spirit is missing. For many teachers and students, going to school is still an everyday struggle and a celebration would seem out of place.
Thanh Nien has visited some of the poorest kindergartens and primary schools in northern Vietnam, where many teachers have fought poverty and solitude of their own, to make sure no child is left behind.
Luong Thi Cuc, a teacher of Hang Gang Kindergarten in Pa Hu Commune, Tram Tau District, Yen Bai Province, takes the kids to a playground. Photo: Mai Thanh Hai
The Hang Gang Kindergarten is located in a very remote area. 
The children during lunch 
Teachers of Han Nang Kindergarten in Pa Cheo Commune, Bat Xat District, Lao Cai Province, walk to the school from the commune's center on a muddy road. 
Teachers of Nhiu Co San Kindergarten in Sang Ma Sao Commune, Bat Xat District, Lao Cai Province 
A class at Ta Lo San Primary School in Sen Thuong Commune, Muong Nhe District, Dien Bien Province 
The kitchen of two teachers in charge of Ta Lo San School
 A class of Ta Lo San Kindergarten with only six children
The bedroom of the two Ta Lo San teachers 
Border guards are the most frequent guests of the teachers in Ta Lo San Hamlet
Teachers of Sang Ma Sao Kindergarten in Lao Cai Province prepare lunch for the children. 
Sang Ma Sao Kindergarten's students wait for lunch 
The children enjoy lunch 
The students of Han Nang Kindergarten in Lao Cai Province 
A class at Lung Mat Primary School in Bao Lac District, Cao Bang Province 
The shared room of three teachers of Han Nang Kindergarten in Lao Cai Province
Lu Thi Nhung, a teacher of Ban Moi School in Lao Cai Province, with her hand-made lamp

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