Flickr: Camilla Rivera

After reading through, #ShowYourSelfie to tell world leaders you care about the rights of adolescents and youth.

When I think back to my elementary school I’m reminded of bright alphabet rugs, desks filled with pencil boxes and markers, a combination of black boards and white boards, and old school computers.

I thought this was a standard desciption of a classroom. But around the world, it turns out, they are actually all extremely varied.

Check out these 16 classes, for example (I should note, they’re not necessarily representative of all classrooms from their respective countries) :

1. A Grade 2 classroom in Sri Lanka

Flickr: GPE/Deepa Srikantaiah

2. Gudele West Basic School, outside Juba, South Sudan

Flickr: GPE/ David K. Bridges

3. Cambodia

Flickr: GPE/Natasha Graham

4. Koulikoro, Mali

Flickr: GPE/Michelle Mesen

5. Malawi

Flickr: GPE/Tara O'Connell

6. Ayno Meena Number Two School in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Flickr: GPE/Jawak Jalali

7. Science class in Hyderabad, India

Flickr: GPE/Deepa Srikantaiah

8. Marikaini Government School in Kenya

Flickr: GPE/Deepa Srikantaiah

9. India

Flickr: GPE/Deepa Srikantaiah

10. Cameroon

Flickr: GPE/Stephan Bachenheimer

11. Cambodia

Flickr: GPE/Natasha Graham

12. Albania

Flickr: GPE

13. A level 6 class of 10-13 year-olds in Peru

Flickr: Amelia Wells

14. Jalalabad, Nangarhar, Afghanistan

Flickr: Peretz Partensky

15. Embu Urban Primary School, Kenya

Flickr: Moving Mountain Trust

16. Vietnam

Flickr: GPE/Koli Banki

As evidenced by these photos, kids learn in all different spaces and under different conditions. What’s important is that they have a place to learn so that they can have a better opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty.

A lot of progress has been made on this front thanks to organizations like the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) but we still have a ways to go. In addition to increasing enrollment, we must ensure that all students are receiving an affordable, quality education. That’s why we’re so excited about Raj Shah, Administrator of USAID’s recent announcement in Washington, D.C. at the Thank You Festival.

Administrator Shah announced to a crowd of 19,000 that because of Global Citizens’ persistence and insistence, USAID will double its commitment to GPE to $40 million this year so it can continue doing its great work!. And even better, USAID will work with the US Congress to pledge $50 million next year.

For kids in developing countries the implications are HUGE. Well done Global Citizens! This is news to celebrate... 

You can watch Administrator Shah sharing the good news here.


Christina Nuñez


Defeat Poverty

16 classrooms from around the world

By Christina Nuñez