Students at Bikita Minerals Primary School relax during break time on the first day of class. The school was built to serve the 300 children of mine workers, but today enrols 800 pupils, the majority from neighboring towns. Students learn both in classrooms and under the shade of jacarandas as new classrooms are under construction.
I visited the home of nursery school student Bethel Pira the morning I took this image. After eating breakfast and donning a fresh green uniform, Bethel’s mother walked her to school. We were joined on the dirt roads by hundreds of other students along with massive dump trucks and mining machines. Says Fred Pira of his four year old daughter, "My dream is for her to be a lawyer. I want her to work hard to protect her community.”