From the Field

A school day around the world

Zambian girls walk to school wearing new backpacks from World Vision.

A typical school day looks different in every country. Travel the globe with us in a single school day to see 10 places where World Vision’s education work helps children. 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.

Breakfast in Kenya

Early in the morning, Kamama drinks a steaming cup of hot tea prepared by her mother, Julia. She drinks it with her breakfast of chapatis, or flatbread, before heading off to school. Kamama, 5, is sponsored and lives in a community served by World Vision’s Mtelo water project in West Pokot County, Kenya. The gravity-fed water system has brought clean water to Kamama’s neighborhood, school, and health center. (©2017 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren) 

Morning chores in Mongolia

Journey through a school day with kids around the worldAfter breakfast and before she heads to school, Anujin, 10, helps her parents 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 like her are often held back from their education due to responsibilities at home. 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. (©2013 World Vision/photo by Xenia Davis)

Bike to school in Cambodia

In 2015, just before Udom’s sponsorship came to an end, his sponsor sent him a special gift a bicycle! He now rides it daily on his 7-mile commute to high school in Cambodia. Udom was sponsored from 2003 to 2015 until World Vision closed its program in his much-strengthened community. But his sponsor left a lasting impression on his life. She encouraged him to study hard, and he took her advice to heart. “My education is very important because I don’t want to work at the rice field,” he says. “If I can be a well-educated person, I can have a good job with a good salary.” (©2015 World Vision/photo by Laura Reinhardt) 

Number lesson in Rwanda

A little girl practices her numbers at a chalkboard in a primary school in Rwanda. With the help of donors and the Rwandan government, World Vision brought clean water to her school and community. A 6.8-kilometer pipeline was built. It benefits nearly 6,000 people across 14 villages, including 481 sponsored children.  (©2018 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren) 

Gardening classes in Nicaragua

World Vision staff member Victor Garcia inspects a squash plant with 4th- to 6th-grade kids at Ruben Dario School, Nicaragua. This school garden is used to teach children and parents how to grow healthy foods. They’ve planted carrots, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, and more. “Recent studies have shown vegetables are not part of the normal diet [in this area],” Victor says. “We are trying to improve the diet habits in families in rural and urban areas.” (©2015 World Vision/photo by Eugene Lee) 

Lunch in North Korea

Gwan, age 5, slurps his noodles during lunchtime at Yokchon Kindergarten, North Korea. He likes playtime at school best. World Vision provided the wheat flour to the noodle factory that makes these noodles. (©2015 World Vision/photo by Heidi Lenssen) 

Recess in China

Sponsored kids take a flying leap during a recess basketball match at their school in Yunnan Province, China. The basketball facilities, along with bikes and other toys, were provided by World Vision to encourage children to play and express themselves at school. (©2018 World Vision/photo by Ben Adams) 

Robotics club in Armenia

Anahit Harutyunyan, 16, smiles during a World Vision LEGO® robotics club lab in Amasia, Armenia. The LEGO robotics club was founded to raise interest and provide training and professional growth in the information technology sphere for rural youth. The class improves the self-esteem of vulnerable children as they learn to work through programming problems. It also helps to break down gender stereotypes as girls work alongside boys in the classroom. The club has 26 members who are learning programming and robotics skills at the free-of-charge club, thanks to funding from World Vision’s sponsors. (©2017 World Vision/photo by Eugene Lee) 

Bus ride home in Lebanon

Syrian refugee children head home to their tent settlement on the World Vision bus after a fun day at the ChildFriendly Space and early childhood education center in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon. In war-torn places where children can’t attend school, World Vision sets up spaces for children to learn, play, and experience joy in the midst of uncertainty. (©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren) 

Homework in Bolivia

Rocio, 11, does her homework by candlelight in Colomi, Bolivia, where World Vision launched programming in 2010. She was sponsored in 2015. World Vision is helping her community by feeding malnourished children, improving access to clean water, providing vocational training, nutrition training, and supporting schools with training and materials. (©2015 World Vision/photo by Eugene Lee) 

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