Every year on Oct. 5, UNESCO highlights the importance of teachers as they work tirelessly to educate the world. Here’s a look at the classrooms they work in.
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Class 11 girl students attend a class at Zarghona high school in Kabul, Afghanistan. Omar Sobhani / Reuters
Nearly three years after she was shot by Taliban gunmen, Pakistani schoolgirl-turned-teen activist Malala Yousafzai urged world leaders gathered at the United Nations in New York last week to help millions more children get an education.
The slogan for this World Teachers’ Day 2015 — celebrated each year on Oct. 5 since 1994 — is “Empowering teachers, building sustainable societies.” Reuters photographers combed the planet documenting the learning environments for students in resource-rich nations like Japan or the United States, to those struggling to get an education in poverty- or war-stricken nations.
Art teacher Hanna Snitko poses for a picture with final year students of the Ukrainian Humanities Lyceum in their classroom in Kiev, Ukraine. Gleb Garanich / Reuters
PakistanMaster Mohammad Ayoub poses with his fifth-grade students at a local park in Islamabad, Pakistan. Caren Firouz / Reuters
MalaysiaTahfiz or Koranic students in Madrasah Nurul Iman boarding school outside Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur.Olivia Harris / Reuters
BrazilTeacher Marcos Paulo Geronimo with first-grade high school students from the Dante Alighieri school in São Paulo, Brazil. Paulo Whitaker / Reuters
EcuadorStudents of the Don Bosco Technical Collegue in Quito, Ecuador. Guillermo Granja / Reuters
MoroccoTeacher Moulay Ismael Lamrani with his class in the Oudaya primary school in Rabat, Morocco. Youssef Boudlal / Reuters
EnglandYear 9 Biology boys class with teacher Suzanne Veitch at Forest School in London, England. Russell Boyce / Reuters
JapanFirst-grade students with their teacher Teruko Takakusaki during their homeroom period at Takinogawa Elementary School in Tokyo, Japan. Reuters
JordanTeacher Hanan Anzi with Syrian refugee students at Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria. Muhammad Hamed / Reuters
BurundiA teacher leads a class session at the ecole primaire Ave Marie in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura. Thomas Mukoya / Reuters
UruguayTeacher Ana Dorrego with students of the rural school Agustin Ferreira on the outskirts of Minas city, Uruguay. Andres Stapff / Reuters
United StatesTeachers Carla Smith and Laura Johnson pose for a picture with their third grade class at Jesse Sherwood Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Jim Young / Reuters
RussiaStudents of the 10th form of the Gymnasium 1567 with their teacher of history, Tamara Eidelman, in Moscow, Russia.Maxim Shemetov / Reuters
Gaza StripMohammed Zurob marks an exercise for his first-grade students during an English lesson inside a classroom at Taha Huseen elementary school in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters
ChileTeacher Guillermo Valenzuela with students of primary grade who are attending a night school for adults at Laura Vicuna school in Santiago, Chile. Ivan Alvarado / Reuters
AfghanistanTeacher Mahajera Armani and her class of girls at their study open area outside Jalalabad city, Afghanistan. Parwiz Parwiz / Reuters
VietnamNguyen Thi Phuong teaches a third-grade class in the primary school of Van Chai in Dong Van district north of Hanoi, Vietnam. Nguyen Huy Kham / Reuters
Ivory CoastTeacher Kahon Rochel with students at the the EPV Sinai primary school in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Luc Gnago / Reuters
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