Students ages 12 and 13, including Precious Verah (left), Patient Munemo (second from left) and Tanaka Chabuka (right), attend a grade 7 science class at the Shining Star Association’s educational facility in Caledonia, a settlement in Harare, Zimbabwe. The association offers free education to children who cannot afford school fees, from grade 1 to form 4 (equivalent to 11th grade).
José Vega (left) and Hector Guzmán (right) teach students from different Mexican regions how to solder and connect cells for a solar panel during a class in Jomanichim, an indigenous community in the municipality of Tenejapa, in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. The class is led by Manuel Barrón, from the Desarrollo Regional Autogestivo Integral Sustentable (DRAIS) organization. The students will make their own solar panels after learning this delicate process, which needs to be done carefully to avoid burning the cells.
Joel Julajuj (left), 19, and José Julajuj, 17, who are not related, participate in a workshop at their school in Chaquijyá village in Sololá, a department in southwestern Guatemala. The event is an icebreaker, at which those attending gave each other flowers and talked about their goals, to learn how they can support one another and motivate themselves to be successful.
Children aged 10 to 15 use a computer in one of their first technology classes at the Escuela Guadalupana, a school in Chaquijyá village in the department of Sololá, Guatemala. Their teacher, Leona Sajvin, provides her personal computer to show the students the advantages and disadvantages of using the internet.
Claire-Adèle Ndoko (right, foreground), a firefighting trainee, practices taking her position in a march during a month-long course for children aged 7 to 16, organized by a firefighting unit in Ngodi, a neighborhood in Douala, Cameroon. The children, who are on summer vacation, learned various skills that could help them save lives and property during a blaze or a health emergency, such as an epileptic seizure.
Vanessa Chikombe, 11, uses her blackboard to teach (from right) Rhoda Chimutima, 9, Tanyaradzwa Chuzo, 11, and Vanessa’s sister Cleopatra Chikombe, 6, lessons in English, grammar, spelling and mathematics in Caledonia, a settlement in Harare, Zimbabwe. Twice a week after school, Vanessa gathers her sister and friends to give them what she calls “extra lessons,” using what she has learned in her own classes as a guide.
A group of 12- to 14-year-old students from the Instituto Tecnológico paints the entrance to the institute in Sololá, a department in southwestern Guatemala. The Instituto Tecnológico is a youth academic institute at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala’s Altiplano campus. The children were participating in the Niñas Furia project, which helps Sololá students develop sensitivity and discover their painting and other artistic talents.
A girl crosses a river using a sewer pipe as an improvised bridge on her way to school in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Children take this route to avoid the conventional path, which is much longer and often requires them to pay for public transport.
Musician Tariro ne Gitare (left) gives guitar lessons to students at St. Peter’s Secondary School Mbare in Harare, Zimbabwe. She started an initiative that offers free weekly lessons to nurture musical talent among students who had not had access to instruments.
Beatrice Akite, a teacher at St. Kizito Senior Secondary School in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city, helps students who are being trained in computer skills. The training is part of a nationwide effort in Uganda to improve computer literacy.
Students from the Escuela Oficial Rural Mixta, Caserío Cooperativa, school walk through the streets in Aldea Chaquijyá, a hamlet in Guatemala’s southwestern Sololá department, to celebrate Guatemala’s independence day on Sept. 15. Guatemala became a colony of Spain in the 16th century and gained its independence in 1821, making this the nation’s 195th birthday.
Kimberly Casia, 7, completes her mathematics exam, for which she later won first place among her district’s first-graders in the Olimpíada Nacional de Ciencias, the National Olympics of Sciences. The bi-annual competition gathers elementary school children across the country to test their aptitude in mathematics and social sciences. Casia competed in the San Juan Argueta district in Guatemala’s Sololá department.
Sady, 9 (in red), and his brother Chaka, 11 (in white), set out on a 2 kilometer (about 1.2 miles) trip to their school on an island in Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda. The boat is their only transport and they pilot it themselves to get to school each day.