The gleaming new Senegal Biaise Diagne International Airport is in striking contrast to the elementary school in the rural village of Sinthiou Mbadane. Located — as is the airport — in the region of Thies, the school is off the electric grid. With minimum facilities, the teachers strive to educate and inspire this Pullar community, the most education-challenged ethnicity in this part of Africa.
Delta Airlines’ Dakar Station Manger Monique Diaw-Brown teamed up with CyberSmart Africa to provide the students and teachers with a remarkable tour of the new airport. Monique’s openness and enthusiasm totally engaged everyone, particularly when she handed them boarding passes nearly the same as actual Delta’s passengers use!
The airport visit was an amazing source of inspiration to these elementary school students, giving them a concrete example of where their education might take them. If they work hard in school, maybe one day these youth will have the opportunity to travel on a Delta airplane and discover the world. What might be considered a common school field trip in more economically developed countries is here a hugely positive force for local and global change.