David Cameron praised the career ambitions of a group of schoolchildren in Liberia, joking that "if you asked people in England, they'd all say they want to be popstars or footballers."
He is in Liberia to co-chair a United Nations meeting on international development targets, and visited the Anna F Whisnant Elementary School, alongside the country's president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
There, pupils told him they wanted to be doctors and lawyers.
David Cameron called for the next wave of international development targets to focus on extreme poverty.
The Prime Minister, in Liberia to attend a UN meeting, also insisted bolstering security and civil structures was crucial, alongside aid measures.
The Prime Minister asked schoolchildren in Liberia what they wanted to be when they grow up. They said doctors and lawyers, to which David Cameron joked that children in the UK want to be popstars.
David Cameron is in Liberia for talks on international development targets and will have a "historic opportunity" to lift 350 million children out of extreme poverty, charities said.
On the third leg of his tour of Africa, the Prime Minister will co-chair a United Nations meeting on what happens after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015.
The Prime Minister will attend a high-level United Nations panel on international development in Liberia today.