A girl's education drawing by Kristen Palana

She’s done.

Well, not done but hopefully just beginning.

I made this drawing not expecting that anyone but me (a lifelong education geek) would like it.

Thankfully I’ve been getting some great feedback as well as a first trickle of orders for printed banners for schools within Malawi.

This experimental drawing aims to show girls in every country receiving access to a high-quality education. The patterns are traditional European, African, and Asian designs.


In the circles are various subjects she is studying. This is a visual depiction of the world as it should be, not as it is (yet), and was partly inspired by my recent design work for UN organizations.

I’m hoping to expand from making visual manifestations for individuals and also make them at the community/global level.

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, this one might have 10,000. I guess I’m a minimalist’s worst nightmare!

a giel's education drawing ideas subjects
a girl’s education drawing (suggestions for subjects)

Thanks to everyone who sent me ideas as to which subjects to include in the bubbles. That was a HUGE help!

I’m currently finishing up a lion in progress and starting a collective visualization on environmental sustainability but I hope to make a boy’s version of this drawing soon.

If you have any suggestions for subjects especially useful for an empowered and evolved 21st-century boy, just let me know in the comments below.

Basically, I think that every child should have access to the same subjects, but maybe there are some things particular to boys that I am not considering. Thanks for your help!

Well, that’s all for now. I hope you are well in your part of the world!

Have a great rest of the week.

Best wishes,

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