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
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.
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
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
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, 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, 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
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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.
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Filipino grade school students cross a river on the first day of a new school year in a remote village in Rizal province, east of Manila, Philippines, on Monday.
Students are sprayed by a water cannon during clashes with riot policemen on Tuesday at a protest in Santiago, Chile. The protesters were demanding that the government of Sebastian Pinera, the Chilean president, improve the quality of public education in the city
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Children attend classes at Save the Children’s Early Childhood Care and Development pre-school at a refugee camp in Ethiopia. Chronically malnourished children struggle to read and write simple sentences, whatever their level of schooling, according to research by the charity. The report Food for Thought shows that eight-year-olds who are stunted by malnutrition are 19% more likely to make a mistake reading simple sentences.
US First Lady Michelle Obama dances with pre-kindergarten students while she visits the Savoy School on Friday in Washington, DC. The school, once one of the lowest performing in the District of Columbia, has shown significant signs of improvement since being designated as one of eight schools selected last year for the Turnaround Arts Initiative by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard poses for photographers with students from Marianville girls secondary school on Friday in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The three-day visit is a chance for the two nations to strengthen economic ties, with talks being held on key issues including, trade, military defense and the controversial Australian detention center on Manus Island. The trip is the first official visit for Prime Minister Gillard to the Pacific island nation and the first visit since former Prime Minster Kevin Rudd visited in 2007.
Students, teachers and parents protest against the government’s cost-cutting reform plans in education as part of austerity measures, in front of the Education Delegation building in Malaga, southern Spain, during a nationwide general strike called by the education sector
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Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first Minister unveils a 3D visualisation of a human head and neck on Wednesday in Glasgow, Scotland. Commissioned by NHS Education for Scotland and designed by Glasgow School of Arts Digital Design Studio, the visualisation will revolutionise medical and dental training.