Abdul Mallik, a primary school teacher in Malappuram, India, swims 12 kilometers everyday to go and teach .
The 40 year old has been employed for 20 years in a village in the Malappuram district of Kerala.
“If I go by bus, it takes me three hours to cover the 12-kilometre distance, but swimming through the river is easier, faster and I reach school on time,” he says, after he emerges from the river 15 minutes later.
Once he crosses the river, he changes into a dry set of clothes and then continues the walk to school.
In India, September 5 was Teacher’s Day, according to SiliconIndia News. So when Mallik arrived at school that day, students greeted him with smiles and cards.
His students want to be just like him when they grow up.