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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Cambodia

Kapok Trees (Ceiba pentandra) invading Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor, Cambodia

Kapok Trees (Ceiba pentandra) invading Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor, Cambodia

I had only about a couple of days in Cambodia while travelling Southeast Asia in 2007 so I decided to focus my lenses on the temples of Angkor Wat and the floating Village of Tonle Sap Lake. I wish I had more time to explore this amazing place on Earth as I am afraid it is going to disappear – under the weight of double-decker busses bringing tourists from all around the world.

 

Four pillars of Buddhism, Cambodia

Stone columns and Buddhist monk in Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Stone columns and Buddhist monk in Angkor Wat, Cambodia

The three pillars of Buddhism are Sila (morality, charity and compassion), Dyâna (concentration) and Prajna (wisdom).  Next to them you see this smiling young Buddhist monk who, in my view, represents the fourth pillar of Buddhism.