“So you come back perhaps next Wednesday and see us?” pleads the boys, eyes wide open. “Ahhh no” I have to tell them, “it may be a bit longer than that, it may be a few years. But I promise to send the photos”

Our visit to Malakur St. Patrick Primary School in Papua New Guinea was thrilling. Upon arrival we were treated to a moving beautiful song by all the school kids. I was the last one off the island as my own little fan club showed me around the entire school. One of the third grade class rooms had a map allowing me to show them my home country. They were immensely proud of their school but needed more notebooks and pencils and I will endeavor to ship some with my photos. We had good fun shooting group portraits with the self timer as you will see. Oh and I am sorry; there are no prizes for finding the alien in this photo!

PNG-primary school

I shot portraits of the boys and promised to mail them prints so I am making good on that promise this week. The boys were very fun, curious and talkative and highly disciplined (this being a catholic school one of the teacher had a stick for instilling a bit of discipline. Hmm, not too sure about that one.) All of them very much wanted to learn and be educated. The boy in front with the red bag around his shoulder is Erman and he was my little body guard, cool as a cat, and wanted to carry all my equipment. While I will not be back next Wednesday, it will be great to re-visit Erman and the boys one day.

Again, I am wearing the red and white checkered shirt, how that ends up being my costume in every self portrait I do not know. I do have many others in my new Nomad Part II wardrobe (everything from Part I was already useless even before Part I started), Nigel you don’t need to buy a new shirt for me 🙂


6 thoughts on “Malakur Primary School in PNG

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  1. True North Mark 10 years ago

    Yep that was a cool day eh Mr. Bo Jangles! That sing sing was just the best and I think it moved everyone there.

    Great shots and story as well mate!

    1. Flemming Bo Jensen 10 years ago

      Thanks mate. It was a fantastic performance by the school, I have some of that song on video "first you learn to speak-eeeee". Very cool!

  2. Charlene 10 years ago

    Haha, look at the boy on the left doing some alien spotting!! I reckon he pretty much makes the whole photo.

    1. Flemming Bo Jensen 10 years ago

      Yes he does, he is just perfect, completely spellbound by the weird alien that walks among us.

  3. muzz 10 years ago

    I think the memories that remind you of your photos are far more valuable than the photos that remind you of your memories but great to have both. I'm sure they'll be a little better off for all your efforts. Great story.

    1. Flemming Bo Jensen 10 years ago

      Great words Muzz and thanks mate. I agree on the memories bit but I am still quite sure the boys will love seeing the prints.