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.
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 girls are often held back from attending school due to family chores, like collecting water and farming, or sickness related to waterborne disease and malaria. 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.
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. By the end of 2013, almost 65 million adolescents between the ages of 12 to 15 years old were denied their right to an education, in addition to 59 million elementary-age children who were out of school. Both access to education and the quality of education are priorities for World Vision around the world.
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 to address better school facilities.
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.
LUNCH. 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 schools around the world to ensure nutritious lunches and clean drinking water keep children nourished and able to pay attention for a full day of classes.
P.E. CLASS. Playing is learning. These third-graders in El Salvador enjoy a break in their school day for physical education, where they also learn valuable lessons in teamwork and being healthy.
BUS RIDE HOME. Syrian refugee children head home to their tent settlement on the World Vision bus after a fun day at the Child Friendly Space and Early Childhood Education center Zahle’ in Bekaa, Lebanon. In war-torn places where children can’t attend school, World Vision sets up world-class spaces for children to learn, play, and experience some joy in the midst of uncertainty.
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 in Myanmar.
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. But she is determined. “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.
Without schooling, children are at greater risk for exploitation, child marriage, and lower income later in life. World Vision works to eliminate barriers to education and partners alongside communities and local governments to improve the quality of education children receive.