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For World Teachers' Day, A Look At What Classrooms Look Like Across The Globe

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.

Posted on October 5, 2015, at 12:34 a.m. ET

Omar Sobhani / Reuters

Class 11 girl students attend a class at Zarghona high school in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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.


Gleb Garanich / Reuters

Art teacher Hanna Snitko poses for a picture with final year students of the Ukrainian Humanities Lyceum in their classroom in Kiev, Ukraine.


Caren Firouz / Reuters

Master Mohammad Ayoub poses with his fifth-grade students at a local park in Islamabad, Pakistan.


Olivia Harris / Reuters

Tahfiz or Koranic students in Madrasah Nurul Iman boarding school outside Malaysia's capital city, Kuala Lumpur.


Paulo Whitaker / Reuters

Teacher Marcos Paulo Geronimo with first-grade high school students from the Dante Alighieri school in São Paulo, Brazil.


Guillermo Granja / Reuters

Students of the Don Bosco Technical Collegue in Quito, Ecuador.


Youssef Boudlal / Reuters

Teacher Moulay Ismael Lamrani with his class in the Oudaya primary school in Rabat, Morocco.


Russell Boyce / Reuters

Year 9 Biology boys class with teacher Suzanne Veitch at Forest School in London, England.



First-grade students with their teacher Teruko Takakusaki during their homeroom period at Takinogawa Elementary School in Tokyo, Japan.


Muhammad Hamed / Reuters

Teacher Hanan Anzi with Syrian refugee students at Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria.


Thomas Mukoya / Reuters

A teacher leads a class session at the ecole primaire Ave Marie in Burundi's capital Bujumbura.


Andres Stapff / Reuters

Teacher Ana Dorrego with students of the rural school Agustin Ferreira on the outskirts of Minas city, Uruguay.

United States

Jim Young / Reuters

Teachers Carla Smith and Laura Johnson pose for a picture with their third grade class at Jesse Sherwood Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois, United States.


Maxim Shemetov / Reuters

Students of the 10th form of the Gymnasium 1567 with their teacher of history, Tamara Eidelman, in Moscow, Russia.

Gaza Strip

Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters

Mohammed 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.


Ivan Alvarado / Reuters

Teacher Guillermo Valenzuela with students of primary grade who are attending a night school for adults at Laura Vicuna school in Santiago, Chile.


Parwiz Parwiz / Reuters

Teacher Mahajera Armani and her class of girls at their study open area outside Jalalabad city, Afghanistan.


Nguyen Huy Kham / Reuters

Nguyen Thi Phuong teaches a third-grade class in the primary school of Van Chai in Dong Van district north of Hanoi, Vietnam.

Ivory Coast

Luc Gnago / Reuters

Teacher Kahon Rochel with students at the the EPV Sinai primary school in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.