Mairha Francois, 8, plays a hopscotch game called La Marelle with other students at the Ascension School in the Thor le Volant neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The game is one of several activities that the school organizes to celebrate the end of the school year.
University student Areeba Khan (yellow mask) cheers on Asad, 11, while her fellow student Namra Fatima (pink mask) cheers on Shabana, 13, in the Shram Vihar informal colony in Delhi, India. The activities are organized by Aaghaaz-e-Taleem, a children’s education initiative. Many children in the neighborhood have parents who are employed as domestic workers or daily wage laborers and are either unable to afford schooling for their children or send them to nearby government schools.
Nobel Mwijukye, a second-year fine art student at Kyambogo University in Kampala, Uganda, sculpts his hand out of clay during class. Mwijukye aspires to be a renowned sculptor and hopes to teach fine art at Kyambogo University after he graduates.
Danish Amin walks home after attending a small tutoring session at a tuition center, a private tutoring institution, in Tangmarg, Indian-administered Kashmir. “I leave for tuition at 10 and come back at 3 p.m.,” says Amin. “Sometimes we walk in the morning and see no road. It’s all snow, and we form a track.”
Precious Sakala (left to right), 15, her sister Chishimba, 12, and Barbara Mwanza, 15, jump to avoid wading through water on their way to school in N’gombe township, part of Zambia’s capital, Lusaka. Precious says she sometimes has to wade through the water when it rains heavily.
Rita Thapa (left), 9, and Puja Khadka, 10, wash up at the Shree Nepal Rastriya Higher Secondary School in Birendranagar, Nepal. Many of the government schools provide purified drinking water for students to avoid common water-related diseases.
Karunakaran Akshayan (left), Thanaventhan Kishotharan and Rajeevan Vaishalini, all 5 years old, dress up as Hindu gods for a performance at their preschool, Ilanthondar Sabha, in Inuvil, a village in northern Sri Lanka. The children are Montessori students. The Montessori method is an approach to teaching that is activity-based and more hands-on for the students.
Tachyse Leila Denis demonstrates on Tara Wilmine how to create a traditional head wrap during a training session in Pétion-Ville, Haiti. Denis organizes training sessions by request, to help men and women in her community connect with their cultural identity.
Nicolás Colautti, an industrial design student, presents his final project to other students at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, a university in Buenos Aires, Argentina. For their project, Colautti’s team produced an exoskeleton that reduces effort and injuries for people who work with their arms raised.
Ali Kenthia Jean (left), 11, and Mitch Ricarlens Antoine, 15, raise the Haitian flag at Collège Frère Raymond, a private school in the Port-au-Prince commune of Carrefour. Every morning, the students gather around the flag and sing “La Dessalinienne,” Haiti’s national anthem.
Tania Guzmán practices hairstyling on her colleague Luis Rodríguez. Both are studying at the Instituto Sol, a beauty school in central Mexico City. The two were in week three of a four-month course. After graduating, Guzmán plans to open a beauty salon, and Rodríguez hopes to open a barbershop and tattoo studio.
Local painter Julio Cotuc paints children’s games on the playground of a primary school in Aldea Chaquijyá, a village in Sololá, Guatemala. The school’s teachers arranged for the games to be painted in order to help the students have fun during recess.
During a tour of National Waste Collections in Harare, Zimbabwe, employee Moleen Sithole teaches students about the different types of paper that the facility collects and recycles into various products. The students are members of an environmental club at Kwenda High School in Mashonaland, Zimbabwe.
Joel Baguma (foreground) and others who belong to Promo Jeune Basket, an organization that teaches basketball skills to children, read books after practice in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. Another organization, Books for Eastern Congo, lends the books to the children after their practice sessions three times a week.
In Chemal, a community in the town of Chajul in El Quiché department, Guatemala, Gaspar Caba, 24, teaches María Cedillo to read and write in a program under the auspices of the Comité Nacional de Alfabetización, the country’s national literacy committee. Once a week, adults in the community who did not attend school as children meet to learn to read and write basic words.
Grade-three pupils Wesley Mpaka and Florence Mushimikilo wash their hands during a break at Munso School in Mtendere township, Zambia. More than 3,000 cases of cholera have been recorded in Zambia since October 2017, according to Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya. After 70 cholera-related deaths led to the delay of the 2018 school year, schools mandated that all students wash their hands frequently.
Nyanjime Macleans (left), 12, and Tutikel Nadine, 9, peep into their makeshift school in Rhino Camp, a refugee settlement in Ofua Zone 2, in Uganda's Arua district, to see what was written on the chalkboard before the school closed for the holidays. The two said they couldn't wait for school to reopen in February.
Charity Rose Pimer (left), 10, shows the other children how to make a robot at a workshop in Uganda’s Kampala district. Fundi Bots, a nongovernmental organization focused on making science education fun for children ages 6 to 18, organized the event.
Students from the Manyambe Primary School in Manicaland province dance during the annual Jikinya Festival, a choral and traditional dance competition held at the Amphitheatre in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, on Nov. 23-24. The festival, open to all primary schools in the country, encourages youths to appreciate and perform Zimbabwe’s traditional dances and to help preserve this part of their cultural heritage.
Sixth-grade student Kambale Mukole (center), 11, was sworn in as president of the Lubemba School during an Oct. 30 ceremony attended by local authorities, parents and teachers in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. One of Kambale’s policy ideas would be to have only French, as opposed to the local languages, Lingala and Swahili, spoken during school hours.
The Rwanda traditional dance club of a girls’ school, Lycee Notre Dame D’Afrique de Nyundo, performs at the Umuganda Stadium in the Gisenyi sector of Rwanda’s Rubavu District. The students were performing for their teachers during the 16th International Teachers Day.
In Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Linnet Cheure (center), 19, rehearses the role of Desdemona in the Nketa High School drama club’s production of “The Gospel of Othello,” a version of Shakespeare’s “Othello” directed by Japhet “Hwabaraty” Mlauzi (right), a local artist, choreographer and movie producer. Mlauzi coaches students from various schools in theater, dance and acting.