March 16, 2012A Window to the World
Among the many pictures taken during my recent visit to my village, this is one of my favorites.
The children and I are looking at a window frame, still waiting for the glass panel to be installed. It is unfinished but in my mind - as I’m sure in theirs - I can already see a window in a classroom. Big enough for the light to come through. Big enough for those faces to peer out of, so that they can see the sky, the trees, the playground and the hive of activity that surrounds their new school.
It is not lost on me that a window is always used as a symbol of access to ideas and knowledge. For the people in my community, this school, the new Matau Primary School, is that kind of window. A kind of window through which they can know the world. And the world can know them back.