Education: Working on the Crossroads

Stifling in Nigeria's rainy-season heat, the shanty-filled town of Shagamu seemed hardly the place to find 15 fresh-faced American college students. But there they were last week, and not snapping pictures of the natives from an air-conditioned bus. Up at 6 every morning, boys and girls spent the long days chopping trees and shoveling dirt to hack out a road from a school to a chapel back in the bush. In credulous Africans followed them everywhere; a dozen English-speaking Nigerian students worked beside them, jabbering questions about life in the U.S. Asked if religion was anything of an issue among the...

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