Panashe (13) lives in a cottage north in Zimbabwe along with her aunt, uncle, brother and several of her cousins. She lost both her mother and father at a young age.
Sofie (12) lives in a townhouse in Nesodden, Norway, with her mother, father and two siblings.
Every day Panashe wakes up at 5 o´clock and walks 8 km each way to school. It takes her around two hours to get to her classroom. Zimbabwe is one of the most highly mine-impacted countries in the world. During the Liberation War of the 1970s army forces laid an extensive series of minefields along the borders in Zimbabwe. And many of the landmines are still around, making the road to school a dangerous place.
Sofie bikes the 1,9 km to school almost every day, and she uses about 9 minutes to get there. Her road to school has a pedestrian walkway all the way.
Panashe is a student at Ganganydma elementary school, which has 273 pupils and 7 teachers. In her class there are 38 students.
Sofie is a student at the Rudolf Steiner School in Nesodden, and in her class there are 24 students. The school has 250 students and 45 employees, where 38 of them are teachers.
Sofie has a lot of activities during her week. She plays saxophone in a band, she sails and wants to start acting and dancing. While she does her homework one of her parents makes food. Then she can sleep in her own clean and warm bed.
After school Panashe has a lot of chores; cleaning the floors, gather food, make dinner, do her homework and finally go to sleep. She sleeps on the kitchen floor, next to the fire pit.