Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Back to School (around the world!)

It's Back to School time!



Which means I finally have some time to share a few back to school photos and stories. So in sticking with the theme, here are some of my favorite images of kids and schools I've had the pleasure to meet and visit during my travels.

Let's start in NEPAL:

When I think of the stories parents tell kids, of how they used to walk miles to school, in the snow and rain, uphill, BOTH ways(!), I can't help but reflect upon these children heading off to school near Ghandruk in Nepal. I was on the descent of my 6th day of trekking in the Himalayas, having survived 86 hours of monsoon rains and traversed mudslides in action, when taking an early morning start I met these lovely children walking to school - uphill, up a very steep mountain actually, in their tidy uniforms with not a single complaint.




And speaking of high elevations, the Andean town of Cusco, PERU forms a quaint backdrop for these girls walking home from school arm in arm.



As for the classrooms I've visited, what fun it is to find them outdoors as weather permits!

From this very crowded kindergarten class in the Hutongs of Beijing, CHINA....


to not just a class, but the entire school's student body enjoying lessons outside in the remote Osa Peninsula of COSTA RICA....


And speaking of remote, in BRAZIL's Pantanal region, where it is far too hot to have class outside, I visited this classroom (with the entire student body of 6).


Back in CHINA, there are small classes to be found, like this one at the Children's Palace in Shanghai, a school devoted to Chinese traditional and cultural arts.


Regardless of class size, country, or culture, children everywhere appreciate school and learning, and it shows!


Peruvian school girls in uniform



Brazilian school girls proudly showing off their English notebooks



Chinese first graders on a field trip in Kunming


While I believe there is no greater education than travel, circumstances don't permit such a life experience for most kids. There are many children around the world for whom a school and an education of any kind would be a treasured gift. That's why, last year, I helped to build a school in Cambodia through a program called Passports with Purpose. This year, they will be raising money to build not just a school, but an entire village in Southern India. More details are forthcoming, and you will soon see the widget here on my blog so that you can donate and participate. Meanwhile, you can get the latest details on the Passports With Purpose facebook page.

Finally, if you are a parent like me, I hope you are sending your child(ren) back to school with a great big smile and thumbs up! Have a great school year!!



Be sure to visit Delicious Baby every Photo Friday for more fun blogs and travel photos!

2 comments:

  1. I love how happy ALL of these kids look. Me? Going back to school? No thanks!

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  2. Great pics! Education comes in so many forms around the world & though the ages.

    We are in Paris at the moment, so for my trilingual American daughter, the world IS her school where she learns every day, as we have been on an open ended family world trip since 2006. ;)

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