Sponsorship provides supplies for back to school

    Another school year means advancing a grade level further, but sponsored child Evalyn in the Philippines is most excited to learn new lessons and meet new friends and teachers.

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      PHOTO BLOG: Tell it to the world

      The high school dropout rate in Romania is unacceptable. According to a Romanian Ministry of Education report from 2009, 25 percent of teens in rural Romania do not attend high school.

      Recently, a group of nine youth, six of them sponsored, were invited to participate in a photography workshop. The children learned the basics of photography and then were loaned cameras to take pictures highlighting the problem of school dropout rates in their community.

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        Where are they from? A World Teachers' Day pop quiz

        My grandmother was a teacher. My mom taught special education. My brother teaches middle school math. My sister is on the school board. Clearly, the importance of a good education was instilled in me from a young age.

        Still, the teacher gene is not dominant in my DNA. I think it might have something to do with my patience -- or lack thereof.

        Although teaching is not in my vocation, I understand and value the work of teachers across the United States and around the world. These dedicated servants are molding the future generations, often in difficult circumstances.

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          Pink Floyd got it wrong: Children are educated for life

          Children at this primary school in Mutomo, Kenya, are faced with deep challenges, including a lack of ample desks and writing surfaces, which forces students to write with books on their knees. (Lucy Murunga/WV)

          Editor's note: This is the second of four posts that will relate to World Vision's child well-being aspirations.

          Aspiration #2: Children are educated for life

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            A kick in the ribs: Children enjoy good health

            Editor's note: World Vision is committed to improving the lives and well-being of children in our programs around the world. In doing so, we hold ourselves accountable for 15 measurable child well-being outcomes, grouped under four categories that are referred to as "child well-being aspirations." This is the first of four posts that will relate to these aspirations.

            Aspiration #1: Children enjoy good health

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