Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone…!

On my travels, I love visiting the local village schools, to see the country´s future. More often than not, I find smiling faces of happy pupils, regardless of the political/economical outlook of the country. Here are some photographs from my archives plus quotes of wise (wo)men.


“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.”
― Sydney J. Harris


School in Sudan

School in Sudan

“Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.”
― Mark Twain

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Playing basketball in a neglected school hall in Armenia

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

School in Sudan

School in Sudan

“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”
― Brigham Young

Derelict Bakong Temple school, Angkor, Cambodia

Derelict Bakong Temple school, Angkor, Cambodia

“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.”
― Socrates

Children in school floating village Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia

Children in the school of Chong Kneas floating village, Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
― Albert Einstein

Village school in in Halidzor, Armenia

Igor, a teacher in Halidzor village, Armenia, supervises his pupils in a shabby classroom of the local school.

“I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.
― Alexander the Great

Bushman children playing in the sand, Den/ui village, Bushmanland, Namibia

Bushman children on their schoolground, Den/ui village, Bushmanland, Namibia

“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”
― Albert Einstein

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“If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.”
― Frank Zappa

School in Sudan

School in Sudan

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
― Nelson Mandela

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I thank God for the Night…

“Maybe that’s what life is… a wink of the eye … and winking stars.”
– Jack Kerouac

Sudan Jebel Barkla pyramids

Sudan Jebel Barkla pyramids

“Some praise the Lord for Light,
The living spark;
I thank God for the Night
The healing dark.”
― Robert W. Service

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Star streaks of the southern sky in Bushmanland, Namibia

“A silent night – the most eloquent poem i have ever read.”
― Sanober Khan

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Naqa temple by night, Sudan

“Torches just blind you. On a clear night like this, the moon and the stars are enough.”
― George R.R. Martin

Stars above Wahiba Sands, Al Sharqiya, Oman

Stars above Wahiba Sands, Al Sharqiya, Oman

“Sometimes while gazing at the night’s sky, I imagine stars looking down making wishes on the brightest of us.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich

Stars over Ghazali, Sudan

Stars over Ghazali, Sudan

“Without the dark, we’d never see the stars. There also would be no use for the moon if there was never a night.”
― Tessa Emily Hall, Purple Moon

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Milky way above Lion Temple of Musawwarat, Sudan

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”
– William Shakespeare

Konyaks, the head-hunters of Nagaland, India

Konyaks, head-hunters of Nagaland, India

Konyaks, head-hunters of Nagaland, India

Konyak tribal people – once fearsome warriors and head-hunters, now dying-out culture of Nagaland, northeast India. They are recognised by their facial and body tattoos, their age is seldom confirmed, but estimated from 80 to over 100 years. It is believed that in 10 or 15 years these Konyak head-hunters will be buried beneath Christian headstones in the mountain villages and since their history is not stored in any pleadings, the living memories of their unique cultural existence will disappear for ever.

Khumhi, about 80-year old head-hunter lives in the village of Longwa and spends most of the day chewing betel nuts and smoking opium.

Khumhi, about 80-year old head-hunter lives in the village of Longwa and spends most of the day chewing betel nuts and smoking opium.