Solving Problems And Building Communities
by Richard Lee Colvin - 2008
We filed through the arched gateway of the school, which is protected by wrought iron and uniformed security guards, into a courtyard brightened by children’s artwork and inspirational slogans. As we were welcomed into this calm, orderly refuge by the gracious headmistress, my attention was drawn back toward the chaotic street, where a dozen or so children had gathered in the full sun to peer into the relative dimness inside. Their faces were marked by a longing so plaintive and intense it was as if salvation were just out of reach, through that arch and beyond the security guards. It was as if they were longing for a childhood, longing to be educated.
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