On February 20 I'm heading to Harar, Ethiopia, to spend two months living in that wonderful medieval town and learning about its culture and history. Today's photo is of a schoolyard in Harar I took last year. The town is fairly prosperous so the kids get a nice playground and school uniforms.
I like the educational paintings on the walls. This is very common in Ethiopian schools. Has anyone been to schools in other African nations? I'm wondering if it's done all over the continent. You can see some English, some Harari writing, and on the left some numbers. These are the same types of numbers the Arabs use, and is one of many Arabic influences on Harari culture. The "Arabic" numerals we use in the West were developed by the Arabs, but then they switched to these.
Anyway, I have to get back to finishing my next book otherwise I won't be boarding that plane. see you on Monday!