The Future by zambianlass

The Future

These children are playing at the end of the day. The sun is low in the sky. Dust is hanging in the air. The children are happy, the air is full of laughter.

Not one of these children goes to school.

I have a dream to one day start a school for children here that miss out on the gift of learning.
I could be an online teacher for your school!
July 27th, 2020  
@huvesaker ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ I might just take you up on that offer
July 27th, 2020  
Beautiful image! Sad that the children donโ€™t have a school.
July 27th, 2020  
Love to see your side of the world - thanks for sharing :)
July 27th, 2020  
I was watching a program yesterday that was talking about the refugee camps where children had no school and things someone was doing to try to help with this. It is so sad.
July 27th, 2020  
Love this shot, it has a real feeling of simple happiness but if course those children donโ€™t know what they are missing having no school! Fave.
July 27th, 2020  
Love this scene. I hope you get to fulfil your dream
July 27th, 2020  
@busylady I will do my best ๐Ÿ˜€
July 27th, 2020  
@happypat thank you so much ๐Ÿ˜Š
July 27th, 2020  
@milaniet it is always good to watch things like that even if it is hard to watch sometimes.
July 27th, 2020  
@pdulis itโ€™s my pleasure. I absolutely love seeing your world - so different to mine - but very beautiful through the lens of your camera.
July 27th, 2020  
@jernst1779 I know ๐Ÿ˜ž
July 27th, 2020  
Lovely image and a wonderful dream fav
July 27th, 2020  
fabulous light. hope your dream can come true one day :)
July 27th, 2020  
A lovely image. I think it is very easy for us to take education for granted. Sad that these kids donโ€™t have access to it.
July 27th, 2020  
My mother's cousin, Garfield Todd, set up many a school for children in what was Southern Rhodesia!
Fabulous shot! fav
July 27th, 2020  
A beautiful scene! Love the golden light.
July 27th, 2020  
A lovely shot and meaningful words. It makes me realise how education is often taken for granted.
July 27th, 2020  
Beautiful capture. So nice to hear the kids having fun. I hope for them school/ learning will be in their future.
July 27th, 2020  
Love the light and the playfulness of the image... lovely and happy.
July 27th, 2020  
I commend your dream๐Ÿ“š. This has a fabulous painterly quality.
July 27th, 2020  
Beautiful light!
July 28th, 2020  
What a beautiful, evocative shot!
July 28th, 2020  
It looks very dry and dusty. Shame the kids can't go to school.
July 28th, 2020  
What an amazing shot I hope your dream comes true
July 28th, 2020  
Your ambition is noteworthy and I hope someday that you get to do it. I wish I weren't retired and still 'in my prime' as I would have loved to help you in that goal.
July 28th, 2020  
Fav
July 28th, 2020  
Beautiful dream and beautiful image!
July 28th, 2020  
Dreamy processing.
July 28th, 2020  
You captured the joy, perfectly!
July 28th, 2020  
Lovely capture of the children playing in the golden light!
July 28th, 2020  
hope your dream can come true Bless you nice African shot
July 28th, 2020  
Such a magical image of pure happiness. How great it would be if you could fulfil your dream.
July 28th, 2020  
Fabulous scene and light.
July 28th, 2020  
beautiful lighting. so sad that those children are missing out on education. It would be wonderful if you could start school.
July 28th, 2020  
Your dream touches me very much. Hopefully it will come true.
It was a few years ago that I travelled to Namibia. The social gap in this country is very large. Few people own the most. Urban crime is therefore high. I also came to the northern hinterland with a rented car (I avoided the tourist hotspots). I saw huts that people built out of rubbish. It hadn't rained in this area in two years. I was very ashamed that I could only offer the children what I had in the car - some fruit, a little milk, clean drinking water. An old man was happy about a worn T-shirt. He actually asked me about shoes, but I needed them myself. I was very ashamed when I thought about how I deal with water, T-shirts and shoes at home... You could do so much good with very little money. There is also a lack of the simplest infrastructures, clean water, good food and basic medical care. Unfortunately, corruption is a massive problem in this country.
I found out a little bit about European aid programs that are running there. Nothing really convinced me. I had the impression that they were well meant. At the same time, I felt that a western idea of culture is being imposed on people there. The local way of life, the own culture disappears. The question for me is: what and how are children taught in schools? As I said, I have mixed feelings.
I will never forget the eyes of the children I looked into.
By the way: I am a teacher.
July 28th, 2020  
Not only is it a beautiful capture, it also makes us all who see it think and feel. In my opinion that is the greatest thing a photo can achieve.
July 28th, 2020  
Amazing photo. Love their smiles and laughter!!
July 28th, 2020  
Love the photo and the ambition you have for a school for them. It's too easy to forget not all children have the opportunity to go to school or indeed have access to clean water and adequate food. I hope you fulfil your wish, my grandparents regarded education as the gateway to better things
Katharine
July 28th, 2020  
Wonderful, what a lovely thought and capture, big fav
July 28th, 2020  
A beautiful picture, yet sad story. I read all of your received comments and feel so sad for the children and although they might not know what they're missing, they look happy playing. I wish I could help somehow. hopefully, your dream might come true some- day.
July 28th, 2020  
amazing! You really captured the Spirit of Africa here! well done
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July 28th, 2020  
speaking of the photo is a wonderful shot, speaking of the children, I am sorry about this situation, I hope you can help this future generation to be able to acquire the right school education....if I can be useful in any way ask...
July 28th, 2020  
Fantastic composition and editing! FAV!
July 29th, 2020  
@jernst1779 it is sad... :-(

@fayefaye @carole_sandford thank you --- I will have to keep you posted of my progress now won't I :-)

@carole_sandford for sure - I really believe education is your ticket to making life better for yourself. Everyone deserves a chance to learn

@maggiemae gosh that is wonderful - do you still have family in Zimbabwe?


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Thank you all for your comments. It is a sad situation, but the case across many countries in Africa I am sure. There is also the added problem that many of the parents don't feel it is a priority to send their children to school (alcohol is a big problem where we live) and those that do often have to deal with poor teaching and crowded classes.

@taffy ahhh Taffy - I can still bounce ideas off you, can't I? :-)


@lenanau so true - thank you


@bruni the children here are the happiest I have seen anywhere really in all of my world travels - they have so little and yet have so much because they are full of such joy all the time.

@fishers I think your grandparents are absolutely right - education gives you a chance to step out and do anything you dream of... but without it, those dreams are hard to achieve.
July 29th, 2020  
@jerome

Thank you for your long comment. How wonderful you got to visit Namibia. Not too far away from us but I am yet to visit there :-) the social gap across Africa is huge. You sound like such a good person with such a big heart. And you are right, there is lots I can do with little money. I have lived here my whole life and have seen so many charities been set up. I am not sure if it always the right way to go about things. Corruption is rife here too. And all too often the charities are run by people in faraway countries who don't always understand how things are on the ground here. I just hope oneday we can have a little school here that will teach people at least the basic subjects - maths, english, science. There is very high unemployment in Zambia too so perhaps the school might grow and offer apprenticeship programs for young adults. Life for young girls and women here is particularly tough. Education I have always believed is a stepping stone to get out from where you are to something better. It is a place to start perhaps, but we would be here all night talking if we tried to fix all of Africa's problems :-)

July 29th, 2020  
No family left in Zambia. I think I told you some time ago that a son had a flying job here. He now is in Canada - a lot cooler!
July 30th, 2020  
@taffy Always!
July 30th, 2020  
Zambia was close to reaching universal education when I lived there. Also you could only get 2 Kwacha for ยฃ1 sterling! So sad that it has suffered so much. . Beautiful shot! Fav!
August 4th, 2020  
Great to see this photo on the TT and interesting to read all the comments. You are making a difference if only by bringing awareness to those who seldom get the opportunity to hear first hand about other cultures!
August 7th, 2020  
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