Education

A boy recites from a book during a lesson at a school in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad on Friday.

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A boy recites from a book during a lesson at a school in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad on Friday.

Pakistani girls attend class at a school in Mingora, a town in Swat valley, on October 9, 2013, the first anniversary of the shooting of Malala Yousafzai by the Taliban. Yousafzai, the teenage activist nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, says she has not done enough to deserve the award, as her old school closed October 9 to mark the first anniversary of her shooting by the Taliban.

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Pakistani girls attend class at a school in Mingora, a town in Swat valley, on Wednesday, the first anniversary of the shooting of Malala Yousafzai by the Taliban. Ms Yousafzai, the teenage activist nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, says she has not done enough to deserve the award, as her old school closed to mark the anniversary.

In this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 photo, Syrian students salute while listening to the national anthem before entering their classrooms in Hassan Shuaib School in Damascus, Syria. Facing extraordinary challenges, millions of Syrian children in government controlled areas returned to school this week to the backdrop of a raging civil war and an international debate over Syriaís chemical weapons stockpile.(AP Photo)

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Syrian students salute while listening to the national anthem before entering their classrooms in Hassan Shuaib School in Damascus, Syria. Facing extraordinary challenges, millions of Syrian children in government controlled areas returned to school this week to the backdrop of a raging civil war and an international debate over the country’s chemical weapons stockpile Read more

Roma Communities Struggle Against Abject Poverty...PONORATA, ROMANIA - SEPTEMBER 11:  Young Roma children attend a preschool class in the abjectly poor Roma settlement of Ponorata on September 11, 2013 in Ponorata, Romania. A Romanian NGO called OvidiuRo, co-founded by Leslie Hawke, who is the mother of American actor Ethan Hawke, is attempting to get young Roma children to regularly attend pre-school through a coupon incentive system for food at Ponorata and 23 other Roma communities across Romania. Between 400 and 500 Roma live in squalor at Ponorata, few have access to electricity and 95% of them are illiterate and unemployed. Many Roma from Ponorata have spent time in France to earn money, mostly through begging and scrap metal collection.

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Young children attend a pre-school class in the Roma settlement of Ponorata in Romania. OvidiuRo, a Romanian non-governmental organisation co-founded by Leslie Hawke, the mother of US actor Ethan Hawke, is attempting to get Roma children to regularly attend pre-school through a coupon incentive system for food. Between 400 and 500 Roma live in squalour at Ponorata, few have access to electricity and 95 per cent are illiterate and unemployed. Many Roma from Ponorata have spent time in France to earn money, mostly through begging and scrap metal collection. Read more

Pupils walk with umbrellas on the first day of the new school year at the Nam Thanh Cong school in Hano...Pupils walk with umbrellas in the rain on the first day of the new school year at the Nam Thanh Cong school in Hanoi September 5, 2013. Schools in Vietnam reopened on Thursday, with around 22 million children heading back to classrooms after a three-month summer break, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Kham

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Students shield themselves from the rain on the first day of the new school year at Nam Thanh Cong school, in Hanoi. Schools in Vietnam reopened on Thursday, with about 22m children heading back to classrooms after a three-month summer break Read more

This picture taken on July 16, 2013 shows Kelvin Leadismo (3rd L), 12, and his classmates as they attend a tuition class at Loltulelei primary school in Kisima township of Kenya's nothern county of Samburu. The class is attended by young shepherds from the Samburu community who are usually unable to attend regular daytime classes when they are tending to their family's livestock at pasture. The school runs a parallel tuition programme to the national curriculum that enables the otherwise illeterate shepherds acquire literacy through the two to three hour tuition courses presided over by volunteer teachers.  AFP PHOTO / Tony KARUMBA RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

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Kelvin Leadismo, 12, and his classmates attend tuition at Loltulelei primary school in Kisima township in Kenya. The class is attended by young shepherds from the Samburu community who are unable to attend regular daytime classes as they are tending to their families’ livestock at pasture. The school runs a parallel tuition programme to the national curriculum, which enables the otherwise illiterate shepherds to acquire literacy through the two to three hour classes run by volunteer teachers Read more

A student is hit by a jet of water sprayed by riot police during a protest against the government to demand changes in the public state education system, in Santiago

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A student is hit by a jet of water sprayed by riot police during a protest on Wednesday against the government to demand changes in the public state education system, in Santiago. Chilean students have been protesting against what they say is profiteering in the state education system.

Reka Gertner, a Hungarian Roma, poses with her drawing at her home in the village of Told...Reka Gertner, a Hungarian Roma, poses with her drawing at her home in the village of Told, in eastern Hungary June 21, 2013. The Igazgyongy (Pearl) art education foundation teaches art classes in the area and tries to give underprivileged children, most of them Roma, a chance to break out of hopeless poverty by building their self-esteem and giving them a goal in life.

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Reka Gertner, a Hungarian Roma, poses with her drawing at her home in the village of Told, in eastern Hungary on Friday. The Igazgyongy (Pearl) art education foundation teaches art classes in the area.

Parents wait outside a school as their children take the National College Entrance Exam in Huaibei...Parents wait outside a school as their children take the National College Entrance Exam in Huaibei, Anhui province, June 7, 2013. According to local media, about 9.12 million students make a start on China's national college entrance exams or "gaokao" from June 7 to 8, which is a fiercely competitive test that is seen as make-or-break for getting ahead. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: EDUCATION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

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Parents wait outside a school as their children take the national college entrance exam in Huaibei, Anhui province, on Friday. According to local media, about 9.12 million students make a start on China‘s higher education exams or gaokao on June 7-8, which is a fiercely competitive test that is seen as make-or-break for getting ahead Read more

First day of new schoolyear in public schools...epa03728594 Filipino students ride on a motorbike from school after the first day of a new schoolyear at a public elementary school in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines 03 June 2013. Close to 21 million students in kindergarten, elementary and highschool trooped to public schools nationwide to open a new schoolyear, as around 3 million students in private schools are expected to start classes in the coming weeks, education officials said.  EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

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Filipino students ride a motorbike from school after the first day of a new school year at a public elementary school in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines on Monday. Read more