A visit to a local school features on many a trip to Africa. Instinct tells me to steer away from these trips, fearing villages geared only to tourist visits and kids forced to smile and act as guides.
I have to admit, however, that I have visited a few impressive houses of learning this way, where the happiness to receive guests seems genuine, the pride is palpable and the enthusiasm to learn is undeniable.
Sindi Village School, Zambia:
Chris Hani School, Khayelitsha Township, Cape Town:
Oloolaimutia Primary School, Rift Valley, Kenya:
I try to go armed with useful school supplies, but the gift the children most enjoy as being photographed and seeing their digital image on camera!
Linked to Daily Prompt: Education.