Barack Obama International Foundation School, Paynesville, Liberia.

Students line up, grade by grade, for lunch of rice and greens at the Obama School kitchen.

Students line up, grade by grade, for lunch of rice and greens at the Obama School kitchen.

Lunch on the courtyard-playground shared with friends.

Lunch on the courtyard-playground shared with friends.

Sistahz. Schoolgirls share their lunch "family style" with lively conversation.

Sistahz. Schoolgirls share their lunch “family style” with lively conversation.

Water is life. A quick drink before recess activities like jumping rope begins.

Water is life. A quick drink before recess activities like jumping rope begins.

Tie together some plastic bags and you have a jump-rope.

Tie together some plastic bags and you have a jump-rope.

“Please sir, a picture please.” Amid a gaggle of kids running and jabbering, she discretely slips into spectacles and hat, striking a pose as if no-one else were present. Time stands still for a brief moment.

“Please sir, a picture please.” Amid a gaggle of kids running and jabbering, she discretely slips into spectacles and hat, striking a pose as if no-one else were present. Time stands still for a brief moment.

End of recess means back to class as schoolgirls linger after the bell.

End of recess means back to class as schoolgirls linger after the bell.

Best friends hang out after school together.

Best friends hang out after school together.

Chillaxin' before dinner.

Chillaxin’ before the walk home.

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