Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever
What most of us have in common across the world, at least us lucky ones, is that we went to school. And if we didn’t manage that, for all the layers of reasons why, we did all have a childhood.
This autumn, I travelled to Bangalore, India, and spent some time covering a community project at a local government school. Away from the construction work, I stole some time to sit in lessons, wander around the school, chat to the children and catch up with another way of learning.
Every morning before classes, students lined up to sing the national anthem in front of the school.
Today, the topic was insects and the lesson plan evolved from a story of some Indian children who befriended a grasshopper.
Students cheer as I finally leave the room ;-) My brief time spent teaching gave me a whole new level of appreciation for what teachers do!
It’s compulsory for students to remove their shoes before class
I was surprised to see such a mix of age ranges within a single class. The eldest in this class was 14, the youngest 7. Most were 11 years old.
Older children get desks and chairs…
I never did manage to work out whether this child was enrolled in the school or not…The school grounds are next to a slum and open to the road and so people, traffic, dogs and cows can wander past during this pre-lesson assembly.
Some things never change! Kids just love having their photos taken..
Abigail King is a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Now published by Lonely Planet, the BBC, CNN, National Geographic Traveler & more, she feels most at home experimenting here: covering unusual journeys, thoughtful travel and luxury on www.insidethetravellab.com