3 Wheels, 2 teachers, 1 world record

In August 2012, two teachers - Rich Sears and Nick Gough - set off from the British Museum in an attempt to drive around the world in a tuk tuk. 16 months and 42,120km later, they arrived in Buenos Aires, having circumnavigated the world - a world record and a world first.

They undertook the expedition to raise awareness for the Global Campaign for Education, to inspire students to critically engage with International Development discourse and debate, and to raise funds for grassroots education projects they visited throughout the journey.

This is their story...



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With special thanks to our sponsors and Partners

the tuk tuk educational trust

Registered UK Charity No. 1146288


Education is the great engine of personal development.
It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor,
that a son of a mineworker can become the head of a mine,
that the child of farm workers can become the president of a nation.
~ Nelson Mandela

Education is fundamental to human development, playing a key role influencing an individual’s economic security, life opportunities, social status, health and happiness. On a macro level, it can also be a major determinant of the welfare of nations.

According to the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone has the right to a basic level of education.

Yet 61 million children do not have access to primary schooling and many million more, though they are in school, still do not have access to quality learning opportunities.

We want to do something about that. That's why we created The Tuk Tuk Educational Trust, a UK registered charity working to promote and advance education worldwide.



Raising awareness for the Global Campaign for Education


Support grassroots education products around the world


Inspire students to engage in Development discourse and debate