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Schools & Village Life in Malawi

by dav.d

It’s often popular to complain about the school system in the United States. I have two siblings that are teachers. One teaches Physics and the other teaches Latin. Schools can be underfunded, mismanaged, lacking resources, and more challenges than I can count.

So it was eye opening to visit three different schools in villages in Malawi, Africa. One of the villages was made from dried corn stalks and another was made from brick. They were nothing more than a one room school where all the children sit on the floor to learn their languages.

A school full of all the children

A school full of all the children

Nu Skin and their Force for Good Program donates resources to different villages. Here village children demonstrate their hand-washing techniques. They also learn to clean the plates and flatware between meals. They also learn English and other skills that will help them in life.

Children learn the importance of washing their hands

Children learn the importance of washing their hands

Malawi kids

Malawi kids

And even though I don’t speak the language, I did my best to photograph the positive moments and the beautiful smiles of the village children.

She just received a stuffed animal

She just received a stuffed animal

Posing for the camera

Posing for the camera

Here is the classroom of kids in the brick building. There are two small doors and two small windows. It’s rather dark in the building and it reminds me of the old pioneer schools and houses built in Utah back in the day.

A classroom of children from the Malawian village

A classroom of children from the Malawian village

I wasn’t there as a videographer, otherwise it would be mesmerizing to watch this youth play with the spinning top. To keep it spinning he would whip the top with the stick and string. So much different than an app on an iPhone.

Playing with a spinning top

Playing with a spinning top

Malawian teens

Malawian teens

These are the sunbaked brick made to build their homes. This part doesn’t cost anything, but building the roof is the expensive part.

Sun baked bricks to build a home

Sun baked bricks to build a home

Here is the videographer and our social media expert for this trip. I love capturing behind the moment scenes of the crew at work.

Behind the scenes of the video shoot

Behind the scenes of the video shoot

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