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.

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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.

United States

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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.

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.


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

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