Frontline Stories

A School Day Around the World


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

Nutritious Breakfast (South Africa)
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 programme which is organised for preschool children in their community. The programme aims to link physical activity to intellectual and psychological development, working to impart values such as non-violence, self-discipline, and open communication to the children. And there are few better ways to prepare for a day of learning than with a nutritious breakfast.

Morning Chores (Mongolia)
After breakfast and before going to school, Anujin, 10, living in Altanbulag of Mongolia, helps her parents gather wood in the area nearby. Chores are only part of Anujin’s daily routine - she spends the majority of her time at school - but girls are often held back from attending school due to household 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 programmes in Altanbulag — so Anujin is free to attend school every day.

Bike To School (Cambodia)
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, in addition to 59 million elementary school-aged children who were out of school, almost 65 million adolescents between the ages of 12 to 15 years old were denied their right to an education. Accessing to education and quality education is a priority for World Vision around the world.

Math Lesson (DR Congo)
A rural school near Gemena, DR 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 common in this equatorial rainforest region, the students will run to seek shelter. World Vision is now in the planning stage of its development work in this community to address better school facilities.

Art Lesson (Afghanistan)
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 Centre. Children in Afghanistan face some of the worst conditions in the world; only 6 per cent of Afghan girls attend secondary school. But here at the Centre, children receive basic education, nutritious meals, and more. In art therapy sessions, they paint and draw self-portraits and pictures that will give insights into what the children are thinking or experiencing.

Nutritious Lunch (Vietnam)
It’s time for lunch. For 4-year-old Mai and her fellow students at a 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 lunch and clean drinking water keeping children nourished and able to pay attention in class.

P.E. Class (El Salvador)
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 (Lebanon)
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 Centre in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. In war-torn places where children can’t attend school, World Vision sets up Child Friendly Spaces for children to learn, play, and experience some joy in the midst of uncertainty.

Dinner (Myanmar)
Aye’s parents finished their education with primary school in Myanmar, but they wanted more for their 7-year-old daughter - so they have invested in Aye’s school tuition to ensure she can attend enough classes. When she gets home at the end of a long day, Aye goes straight to the dinner table to dine with her mother.

Homework (India)
To prepare for tomorrow’s lessons, Rekha studies by the light from the fireplace at home. Although electricity has reached their village in 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 to school,” says Rekha’s mother, Belmati.

Without schooling, children are at greater risk of 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.

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