The Power of Education

Sahel, Africa | The Silver Pen

Gao, Mali | The Silver Pen

While roaming around the internet this morning at 5 (my wake=up time these days), the ultimate Silver Lining was stumbling across Steve McCurry’s images. The true Power of Education is evidenced in this extraordinary photo essay by renowned photographer, Steve McCurry.  In these images, McCurry takes us around the globe to offer powerfully striking images of children in their learning environments. As Nelson Mandela said,

The power of education extends beyond the development of skills we need for economic success. It can contribute to nation-building and reconciliation. Our previous system emphasized the physical and other differences of South Africans with devastating effects. We are steadily but surely introducing education that enables our children to exploit their similarities and common goals, while appreciating the strength in their diversity.

A question: Who was the most impactful teacher in your life?

Mine was Mr. Soverign who taught social studies at Test Middle School in Richmond, Indiana.  He simultaneously scared the bejesus out of me and inspired me to love China, which was a feat for a little girl in the middle of Indiana!

Garze, Sichuan, China | The Silver Pen

 Garze, Sichuan, China

Marseilles, France | The Silver Pen

Marseilles, France

Omo Valley, Ethiopia | The Silver Pen

 Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Gujarat, India | The Silver Pen

 Gujarat, India

Bamiyan, Afghanistan | The Silver Pen

Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Peru | The Silver Pen


Kegalle, Sri Lanka | The Silver Pen

 Kegalle, Sri Lanka

Lebanon | The Silver Pen


 Sahel, Africa | The Silver PenTanzania


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