Mexican schoolgirl on a donkey
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Donkeys do the school run in rural Mexico

11 September 2012 Last updated at 16:08 BST

Authorities in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato have given 26 donkeys to children who face a long walk, often in the cold and rain, to their rural schools.

It is hoped that by riding the animals to school, authorities can ensure that the children will turn up to classes which rely on attendance statistics for their funding.

David Cuen reports.