Young students in a rural school in Zimbabwe learn to write by u

Young students in a rural school in Zimbabwe learn to write by u

Sometimes we think we have to buy THINGS to solve problems. What about the problem of no desks, no chairs, no pencils or paper? How can these young children in a rural school in Zimbabwe learn to write?  They use chalk on the floor to copy what the teacher writes on the blackboard. Obviously, it would be better if they had all those THINGS, but they temporarily solved a huge problem in a creative way.

For more information on the group that helps this school go HERE.

(Canon 5D2, 35mm 1.4, 1/80 sec, f2, ISO640)

(Canon 5D2, 35mm 1.4, 1/100 sec, f2.8, ISO640)

Photo ©Copyright Gary S. Chapman 2009

11 thoughts

  1. Thanks Mark. Africa has a lot of problems, but the people also have a lot of creativity and ingenuity. Thanks again for taking the time to look. Everyone’s time is so limited these days.

  2. I love the quote under your photo, “It’s really hard to teach kids computers skills when you have no electricity in your classrooms. This teacher, like teachers around the world, worked with what he had… chalkboard and chalk.” Good story. Thanks 4 sharing.


  3. That top photo is amazing. The whole story It’s so typical of developing countries and the way they approach and solve problems. A great example of using what you got and making it count.

  4. Very emotive and compelling images – especially the top one. Thanks for sharing. I am working on something at the moment that seems to be right up your street. I will make touch with you in a couple of weeks when I have bit more structure and certainty around it – but will email you directly.

  5. Dear School,
    We are from the Mount Washington School and we are located in Baltimore, MD and we are willing to help your school and provide you with materials that are desperately needed within your school. At our current school we are reaserching African schools to help and if your school is chosen then we will provide you with money to get materials. But note, there is a possiblity that your school may not be choosen.
    Hallie Bridgers, Charron Thomas, Sarah Tilman

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