Archive You are currently viewing an archive of

Journey through a school day with kids around the world

By Elizabeth Hendley
Aug 2, 2013

With sharpened pencils and notebooks waiting to be filled, children worldwide will return to school in the coming weeks. A typical school day looks different in every country, so travel the globe in a single school day to see how World Vision's education work helps children make a difference in their communities. Invest in education.


©2013 Paul Bettings/World Vision
BREAKFAST. Sisters Sisanda, 5, and Anele, 9, start the school day with a home-cooked meal from their mother, Jabulisiwe. After breakfast, Sisanda will attend World Vision's psychomotor education program for preschool children in the family's community in South Africa. The program links physical activities to intellectual and psychological development and works to impart values such as non-violence, self-discipline, and open communication. And there are few better ways to prepare for a day of learning than with a nutritious breakfast.
© 2013 Xenia Davis/World VIsion
MORNING CHORES. After breakfast and before she heads to school, Anujin, 10, helps her parents around their house in Altanbulag, Mongolia, by gathering wood. Chores are only part of Anujin's day — she spends the majority of her time at school — but 17 million girls around the world will probably never attend school, according to UNESCO. Sometimes chores, like collecting water and farming, or sickness related to waterborne disease and malaria, keep kids out of the classroom. As a sponsored child, Anujin and her family have benefited from World Vision's agricultural training and water programs in Altanbulag — so Anujin is free to attend school every day.
© 2012 Jon Warren/World Vision
BIKE TO SCHOOL. Biking and walking are how most kids around the world get to school each day. These girls in Leuk Daek, Cambodia, are fortunate — not only do they have bikes, but they are also able to attend school. Of the 57 million children worldwide ages 5 to 11 who aren't enrolled in school, more than half are girls. Through child sponsorship, education is a major focus for World Vision in Leuk Daek.
©2011 Jon Warren/World Vision
MATH LESSON. Bobakole Primary, a rural school near Gemena, Democratic Republic of the Congo, is full of eager students. Classrooms are packed and pupils have only thin wooden boards or bamboo poles to sit on. When it rains, which is often in this equatorial rain forest, the students run for shelter and shutter the school. World Vision is in the planning stages of its development work in this community.
©2012 Paul Bettings/World Vision
ART LESSON. Drawing and painting are more than just a creative outlet. These girls in Herat, Afghanistan, participate in art therapy sessions at World Vision's Street Children Center. Children in Afghanistan face some of the worst conditions in the world; only 6 percent of Afghan girls attend secondary school. But here at the center, children receive basic education, shelter, nutritional meals, and more. In art therapy sessions they paint and draw self-portraits and pictures that give insight to what the children are thinking or experiencing.
©2013 Le Thiem Xuan/World Vision
LUNCH. Halfway through the school day, it's time for lunch. For 4-year-old Mai and her fellow students at Hoa Khuong Kindergarten in Hoa Vang, Vietnam, vegetable soup prepared by their teachers gives them energy for afternoon lessons. World Vision supports the school to ensure nutritious lunches, clean drinking water, and full-day attendance.
©2012 Heidi Isaza/World Vision
P.E. CLASS. Playing is learning for third-graders in El Salvador. As they enjoy a break in their school day for physical education, they also learn teamwork and how to work together.
© 2012 Paul Bettings/World Vision
AFTERNOON LESSON. For children living in refugee camps and camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs), continuing their education adds to their sense of stability. One of three schools in Afghanistan's Maslakh IDP camp, this school educates 2,700 students a day — but with only 10 classrooms, one class must be held outside in the shade of a building. World Vision is providing basic education services and improvement plans for the camp.
©2010 Lisa Sabella/World Vision
WALK HOME. Students from a boys' school in Yitma, West Bank, stream home at the end of the day. The number of primary-school-aged children out of school in Palestine/West Bank/Gaza has grown from 4,000 in 1999 to 110,000 in 2012. The area lacks adequate educational conditions and extracurricular activities for children, so World Vision is focused on improving schools and access to education.
©2012 Ashley Jonathan Clements/World Vision
AFTER-SCHOOL SPORTS. For young Kenyans, soccer is the sport of choice for after-school pick-up games. Thankfully, these boys have the energy to play after a day in the classroom — students here have access to clean water and nutritious lunches provided by World Vision.
©2011 Khaing Min Htoo/World Vision
DINNER. Aye's parents finished their education with primary school, but they want more for their 7-year-old daughter — so they've invested in Aye's school tuition, which means she attends about 12 hours of classes. When she gets home at the end of a long day, Aye goes straight to the dinner table to eat with her mother.
©2013 Daniel Mung/World Vision
HOMEWORK. To prepare for tomorrow's lessons, Rekha studies by the light from the fireplace in her family's home. Although electricity has reached their village in Orissa, India, her family is the only one unable to afford it — her mother has other priorities. "Until my physical condition [no longer] allows me, I will keep working to bring food to our family and send my girls for education," says Rekha's mother, Belmati.