Striking Photos Show What Classrooms Around The World Look Like

Whether they are coaching students on valuable skills or inspiring kids beyond the classroom, teachers not only give us the tools to succeed — they’re also some of our biggest cheerleaders.

October 5 marks the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s World Teachers’ Day — an initiative to empower teachers and call attention to their role in building sustainable societies. To celebrate the day and and honor teachers who strive to educate, regardless of the environment, Reuters photographers took photos of teachers, students and classrooms around the world. Washington post covered the story over here.

Photographers captured striking scenes of education in action that illustrate the value of teachers everywhere. Starting from those with literally no resources to those well-stocked and housed.

30 Sep 2015, Jalalabad, Afghanistan --- Teacher Mahajera Armani and her class of girls pose for a picture at their study open area, founded by Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), outside Jalalabad city, Afghanistan September 19, 2015. Nearly three years after Taliban gunmen shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, the teenage activist last week urged world leaders gathered in New York to help millions more children go to school. World Teachers' Day falls on 5 October, a Unesco initiative highlighting the work of educators struggling to teach children amid intimidation in Pakistan, conflict in Syria or poverty in Vietnam. Even so, there have been some improvements: the number of children not attending primary school has plummeted to an estimated 57 million worldwide in 2015, the U.N. says, down from 100 million 15 years ago. Reuters photographers have documented learning around the world, --- Image by © PARWIZ/Reuters/Corbis

30 Sep 2015, Jalalabad, Afghanistan — Teacher Mahajera Armani and her class of girls pose for a picture at their study open area, founded by Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), outside Jalalabad city, Afghanistan September 19, 2015. Nearly three years after Taliban gunmen shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, the teenage activist last week urged world leaders gathered in New York to help millions more children go to school. World Teachers’ Day falls on 5 October, a Unesco initiative highlighting the work of educators struggling to teach children amid intimidation in Pakistan, conflict in Syria or poverty in Vietnam. Even so, there have been some improvements: the number of children not attending primary school has plummeted to an estimated 57 million worldwide in 2015, the U.N. says, down from 100 million 15 years ago. Reuters photographers have documented learning around the world, — Image by © PARWIZ/Reuters/Corbis

30 Sep 2015, London, England, UK --- Year 9 Biology boys class pose for a picture with teacher Suzanne Veitch in their classroom at Forest School, London, April 27, 2015. Nearly three years after Taliban gunmen shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, the teenage activist last week urged world leaders gathered in New York to help millions more children go to school. World Teachers' Day falls on 5 October, a Unesco initiative highlighting the work of educators struggling to teach children amid intimidation in Pakistan, conflict in Syria or poverty in Vietnam. Even so, there have been some improvements: the number of children not attending primary school has plummeted to an estimated 57 million worldwide in 2015, the U.N. says, down from 100 million 15 years ago. Reuters photographers have documented learning around the world, from well-resourced schools to pupils crammed into corridors in the Phil --- Image by © RUSSELL BOYCE/Reuters/Corbis

30 Sep 2015, London, England, UK — Year 9 Biology boys class pose for a picture with teacher Suzanne Veitch in their classroom at Forest School, London, April 27, 2015. Nearly three years after Taliban gunmen shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, the teenage activist last week urged world leaders gathered in New York to help millions more children go to school. World Teachers’ Day falls on 5 October, a Unesco initiative highlighting the work of educators struggling to teach children amid intimidation in Pakistan, conflict in Syria or poverty in Vietnam. Even so, there have been some improvements: the number of children not attending primary school has plummeted to an estimated 57 million worldwide in 2015, the U.N. says, down from 100 million 15 years ago. Reuters photographers have documented learning around the world, from well-resourced schools to pupils crammed into corridors in the Phil — Image by © RUSSELL BOYCE/Reuters/Corbis

30 Sep 2015, Bujumbura, Burundi --- A teacher leads a class session at the ecole primaire Ave Marie in Burundi's capital Bujumbura, April 24, 2015. Nearly three years after Taliban gunmen shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, the teenage activist last week urged world leaders gathered in New York to help millions more children go to school. World Teachers' Day falls on 5 October, a Unesco initiative highlighting the work of educators struggling to teach children amid intimidation in Pakistan, conflict in Syria or poverty in Vietnam. Even so, there have been some improvements: the number of children not attending primary school has plummeted to an estimated 57 million worldwide in 2015, the U.N. says, down from 100 million 15 years ago. Reuters photographers have documented learning around the world, from well-resourced schools to pupils crammed into corridors in the Philippines, on boats in B --- Image by © THOMAS MUKOYA/Reuters/Corbis

30 Sep 2015, Bujumbura, Burundi — A teacher leads a class session at the ecole primaire Ave Marie in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura, April 24, 2015. Nearly three years after Taliban gunmen shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, the teenage activist last week urged world leaders gathered in New York to help millions more children go to school. World Teachers’ Day falls on 5 October, a Unesco initiative highlighting the work of educators struggling to teach children amid intimidation in Pakistan, conflict in Syria or poverty in Vietnam. Even so, there have been some improvements: the number of children not attending primary school has plummeted to an estimated 57 million worldwide in 2015, the U.N. says, down from 100 million 15 years ago. Reuters photographers have documented learning around the world, from well-resourced schools to pupils crammed into corridors in the Philippines, on boats in B — Image by © THOMAS MUKOYA/Reuters/Corbis

30 Sep 2015, Islamabad --- Master Mohammad Ayoub poses with his fifth grade students at a local park in Islamabad, Pakistan September 18, 2015. Ayoub, a Pakistani civil servant, started his programme to educate underprivileged children in 1985. Ayoub provides the educational supplies from his income as a civil servant while volunteers and his students teach the children English, Urdu and maths. Their classroom is in a local park during fair weather and a room in the local slum in the rainy season. Nearly three years after Taliban gunmen shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, the teenage activist last week urged world leaders gathered in New York to help millions more children go to school. World Teachers' Day falls on 5 October, a Unesco initiative highlighting the work of educators struggling to teach children amid intimidation in Pakistan, conflict in Syria or poverty in Vietnam. Ev --- Image by © CAREN FIROUZ/Reuters/Corbis

30 Sep 2015, Islamabad — Master Mohammad Ayoub poses with his fifth grade students at a local park in Islamabad, Pakistan September 18, 2015. Ayoub, a Pakistani civil servant, started his programme to educate underprivileged children in 1985. Ayoub provides the educational supplies from his income as a civil servant while volunteers and his students teach the children English, Urdu and maths. Their classroom is in a local park during fair weather and a room in the local slum in the rainy season. Nearly three years after Taliban gunmen shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, the teenage activist last week urged world leaders gathered in New York to help millions more children go to school. World Teachers’ Day falls on 5 October, a Unesco initiative highlighting the work of educators struggling to teach children amid intimidation in Pakistan, conflict in Syria or poverty in Vietnam. Ev — Image by © CAREN FIROUZ/Reuters/Corbis

30 Sep 2015, Panama City, Panama --- Year 10 high school students from a vocational program with a maritime focus pose for a photograph at Artes y Oficios Melchor Lasso de la Vega school in Panama City, September 4, 2015. Nearly three years after Taliban gunmen shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, the teenage activist last week urged world leaders gathered in New York to help millions more children go to school. World Teachers' Day falls on 5 October, a Unesco initiative highlighting the work of educators struggling to teach children amid intimidation in Pakistan, conflict in Syria or poverty in Vietnam. Even so, there have been some improvements: the number of children not attending primary school has plummeted to an estimated 57 million worldwide in 2015, the U.N. says, down from 100 million 15 years ago. Reuters photographers have documented learning around the world, from well-resourced s --- Image by © CARLOS JASSO/Reuters/Corbis

30 Sep 2015, Panama City, Panama — Year 10 high school students from a vocational program with a maritime focus pose for a photograph at Artes y Oficios Melchor Lasso de la Vega school in Panama City, September 4, 2015. Nearly three years after Taliban gunmen shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, the teenage activist last week urged world leaders gathered in New York to help millions more children go to school. World Teachers’ Day falls on 5 October, a Unesco initiative highlighting the work of educators struggling to teach children amid intimidation in Pakistan, conflict in Syria or poverty in Vietnam. Even so, there have been some improvements: the number of children not attending primary school has plummeted to an estimated 57 million worldwide in 2015, the U.N. says, down from 100 million 15 years ago. Reuters photographers have documented learning around the world, from well-resourced s — Image by © CARLOS JASSO/Reuters/Corbis

30 Sep 2015, Manila, Luzon Island, Philippines --- Teacher Kristine Passag holds a Values Education class for Grade 9 students in a hallway of Timoteo Paez High School in metro Manila, Philippines, September 15, 2015. Passag says she is temporarily holding classes in hallways while waiting for the completion of a new school building to address the shortage of classrooms. Nearly three years after Taliban gunmen shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, the teenage activist last week urged world leaders gathered in New York to help millions more children go to school. World Teachers' Day falls on 5 October, a Unesco initiative highlighting the work of educators struggling to teach children amid intimidation in Pakistan, conflict in Syria or poverty in Vietnam. Even so, there have been some improvements: the number of children not attending primary school has plummeted to an estimated 57 million worldwide in 2015, --- Image by © ROMEO RANOCO/Reuters/Corbis

30 Sep 2015, Manila, Luzon Island, Philippines — Teacher Kristine Passag holds a Values Education class for Grade 9 students in a hallway of Timoteo Paez High School in metro Manila, Philippines, September 15, 2015. Passag says she is temporarily holding classes in hallways while waiting for the completion of a new school building to address the shortage of classrooms. Nearly three years after Taliban gunmen shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, the teenage activist last week urged world leaders gathered in New York to help millions more children go to school. World Teachers’ Day falls on 5 October, a Unesco initiative highlighting the work of educators struggling to teach children amid intimidation in Pakistan, conflict in Syria or poverty in Vietnam. Even so, there have been some improvements: the number of children not attending primary school has plummeted to an estimated 57 million worldwide in 2015, — Image by © ROMEO RANOCO/Reuters/Corbis

30 Sep 2015, Vietnam --- Giang Thi May teaches a first grade class at the primary school of Van Chai in Dong Van district, on the border with China, north of Hanoi, Vietnam, September 21, 2015. There is no electricity and no books. She teaches the children in the local Hmong language. Nearly three years after Taliban gunmen shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, the teenage activist last week urged world leaders gathered in New York to help millions more children go to school. World Teachers' Day falls on 5 October, a Unesco initiative highlighting the work of educators struggling to teach children amid intimidation in Pakistan, conflict in Syria or poverty in Vietnam. Even so, there have been some improvements: the number of children not attending primary school has plummeted to an estimated 57 million worldwide in 2015, the U.N. says, down from 100 million 15 years ago. Reuters ph --- Image by © KHAM/Reuters/Corbis

30 Sep 2015, Vietnam — Giang Thi May teaches a first grade class at the primary school of Van Chai in Dong Van district, on the border with China, north of Hanoi, Vietnam, September 21, 2015. There is no electricity and no books. She teaches the children in the local Hmong language. Nearly three years after Taliban gunmen shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, the teenage activist last week urged world leaders gathered in New York to help millions more children go to school. World Teachers’ Day falls on 5 October, a Unesco initiative highlighting the work of educators struggling to teach children amid intimidation in Pakistan, conflict in Syria or poverty in Vietnam. Even so, there have been some improvements: the number of children not attending primary school has plummeted to an estimated 57 million worldwide in 2015, the U.N. says, down from 100 million 15 years ago. Reuters ph — Image by © KHAM/Reuters/Corbis

30 Sep 2015, UK --- Primary 7 pupils from Glenaan Primary School in the Glens of Antrim pose for a group picture in their classroom with their teacher and school principal Mr. Close in Northern Ireland, June 22, 2015. Nearly three years after Taliban gunmen shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, the teenage activist last week urged world leaders gathered in New York to help millions more children go to school. World Teachers' Day falls on 5 October, a Unesco initiative highlighting the work of educators struggling to teach children amid intimidation in Pakistan, conflict in Syria or poverty in Vietnam. Even so, there have been some improvements: the number of children not attending primary school has plummeted to an estimated 57 million worldwide in 2015, the U.N. says, down from 100 million 15 years ago. Reuters photographers have documented learning around the world, from wel --- Image by © CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/Reuters/Corbis

30 Sep 2015, UK — Primary 7 pupils from Glenaan Primary School in the Glens of Antrim pose for a group picture in their classroom with their teacher and school principal Mr. Close in Northern Ireland, June 22, 2015. Nearly three years after Taliban gunmen shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, the teenage activist last week urged world leaders gathered in New York to help millions more children go to school. World Teachers’ Day falls on 5 October, a Unesco initiative highlighting the work of educators struggling to teach children amid intimidation in Pakistan, conflict in Syria or poverty in Vietnam. Even so, there have been some improvements: the number of children not attending primary school has plummeted to an estimated 57 million worldwide in 2015, the U.N. says, down from 100 million 15 years ago. Reuters photographers have documented learning around the world, from wel — Image by © CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/Reuters/Corbis

30 Sep 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia --- Tahfiz or Koranic students recite the Koran in Madrasah Nurul Iman boarding school outside Malaysia's capital city, Kuala Lumpur, September 11, 2015. There are 36 male students at the madrasah, ranging from 11 to 18 years of age. Nearly three years after Taliban gunmen shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, the teenage activist last week urged world leaders gathered in New York to help millions more children go to school. World Teachers' Day falls on 5 October, a Unesco initiative highlighting the work of educators struggling to teach children amid intimidation in Pakistan, conflict in Syria or poverty in Vietnam. Even so, there have been some improvements: the number of children not attending primary school has plummeted to an estimated 57 million worldwide in 2015, the U.N. says, down from 100 million 15 years ago. Reuters photographers have documented lea --- Image by © OLIVIA HARRIS/Reuters/Corbis

30 Sep 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — Tahfiz or Koranic students recite the Koran in Madrasah Nurul Iman boarding school outside Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur, September 11, 2015. There are 36 male students at the madrasah, ranging from 11 to 18 years of age. Nearly three years after Taliban gunmen shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, the teenage activist last week urged world leaders gathered in New York to help millions more children go to school. World Teachers’ Day falls on 5 October, a Unesco initiative highlighting the work of educators struggling to teach children amid intimidation in Pakistan, conflict in Syria or poverty in Vietnam. Even so, there have been some improvements: the number of children not attending primary school has plummeted to an estimated 57 million worldwide in 2015, the U.N. says, down from 100 million 15 years ago. Reuters photographers have documented lea — Image by © OLIVIA HARRIS/Reuters/Corbis

30 Sep 2015, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire --- Teacher Kahon Rochel poses for a picture with students inside their classroom at the the EPV Sinai primary school in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, September 28, 2015. Nearly three years after Taliban gunmen shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, the teenage activist last week urged world leaders gathered in New York to help millions more children go to school. World Teachers' Day falls on 5 October, a Unesco initiative highlighting the work of educators struggling to teach children amid intimidation in Pakistan, conflict in Syria or poverty in Vietnam. Even so, there have been some improvements: the number of children not attending primary school has plummeted to an estimated 57 million worldwide in 2015, the U.N. says, down from 100 million 15 years ago. Reuters photographers have documented learning around the world, from well-resourced schools to pupils crammed i --- Image by © LUC GNAGO/Reuters/Corbis

30 Sep 2015, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire — Teacher Kahon Rochel poses for a picture with students inside their classroom at the the EPV Sinai primary school in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, September 28, 2015. Nearly three years after Taliban gunmen shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, the teenage activist last week urged world leaders gathered in New York to help millions more children go to school. World Teachers’ Day falls on 5 October, a Unesco initiative highlighting the work of educators struggling to teach children amid intimidation in Pakistan, conflict in Syria or poverty in Vietnam. Even so, there have been some improvements: the number of children not attending primary school has plummeted to an estimated 57 million worldwide in 2015, the U.N. says, down from 100 million 15 years ago. Reuters photographers have documented learning around the world, from well-resourced schools to pupils crammed i — Image by © LUC GNAGO/Reuters/Corbis

imrsClass one children aged between six and seven years old pose for pictures in their classroom at Gifted Hands Educational Centre in Kenya’s Kibera slum in the capital Nairobi, September 16, 2015. (Reuters)

imrsBOGOTATeacher Father Juan Humberto Cruz poses for pictures with 4th grade students at Semillas de Esperanza (Seeds of Hope) school in Soacha, near Bogota, Colombia, June 11, 2015. (REUTERS/John Vizcaino)

Teacher Manel el Ayachi poses for a picture on the first day of a new school year at Linine Street Preparatory School in Tunis, Tunisia, September 16, 2015. (Reuters)imrspasistanThird grade students attend class at the Mashal Model School on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, September 19, 2015. The Mashal Model School founded by Zeba Husain caters to children of underprivileged families from different parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan living in the village of Bari Imam who, outside of school, are street vendors, scavengers, beggars and car washers. (Reuters)

imrsRabatTeacher Moulay Ismael Lamrani poses for a picture with his class in the Oudaya primary school in Rabat, September 15, 2015, at the start of the new school year in Morocco. (Reuters)

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A class at Tyburn Primary School in Chatsworth, Durban, South Africa, September 15, 2015. (Reuters)

imrsaMAZONChildren of the floating Municipal School Sao Jose II pose for a picture along the Amazonas River bank in a rural area of Manaus, Brazil, June 18, 2015. (Reuters)students.3High School is not mandatory in Japan, so these students are attending high school because they want to go onto university.6a010536fa9ded970b017d430c84c6970cChinese students at Zhengzhou No.4 Middle School. These students are equivalent to the 10th grade in the US.Capital heightsCapital Heights Elementary – Prince George’s County -Maryland, United States.

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