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Striking Photos Show What Classrooms Around The World Look Like

October 5 is World Teachers' Day.

Whether they are coaching students on valuable skills or inspiring kids beyond the classroom, teachers not only give us the tools to succeed -- they're also some of our biggest cheerleaders.

October 5 marks the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's World Teachers' Day -- an initiative to empower teachers and call attention to their role in building sustainable societies. To celebrate the day and and honor teachers who strive to educate, regardless of the environment, Reuters photographers took photos of teachers, students and classrooms around the world.

Photographers captured striking scenes of education in action that illustrate the value of teachers everywhere. 

Check out some of the learning spaces from around the world below. 

  • Jalalabad, Afghanistan --- Teacher Mahajera Armani and her class of girls pose for a picture at their study open area.
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    Jalalabad, Afghanistan --- Teacher Mahajera Armani and her class of girls pose for a picture at their study open area.
  • London, England --- Year Nine Biology boys class pose for a picture with teacher Suzanne Veitch in their classroom at Forest
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    London, England --- Year Nine Biology boys class pose for a picture with teacher Suzanne Veitch in their classroom at Forest School.
  • Bujumbura, Burundi --- A teacher leads a class session at the primary school Ave Marie in Burundi's capital. 
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    Bujumbura, Burundi --- A teacher leads a class session at the primary school Ave Marie in Burundi's capital. 
  • Islamabad, Pakistan - Master Mohammad Ayoub poses with his fifth grade students at a local park. Ayoub, a Pakistani
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    Islamabad, Pakistan - Master Mohammad Ayoub poses with his fifth grade students at a local park. Ayoub, a Pakistani civil servant, started his program to educate underprivileged children in 1985. Their classroom is in a local park during fair weather and a room in the local slum in the rainy season.

  • Panama City, Panama --- Year 10 high school students from a vocational program with a maritime focus pose for a photograph at
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    Panama City, Panama --- Year 10 high school students from a vocational program with a maritime focus pose for a photograph at Artes y Oficios Melchor Lasso de la Vega school.
  • Manila, Philippines --- Teacher Kristine Passag holds a Values Education class for ninth-grade students in a hallway of Timot
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    Manila, Philippines --- Teacher Kristine Passag holds a Values Education class for ninth-grade students in a hallway of Timoteo Paez High School. Passag says she is temporarily holding classes in hallways while waiting for the completion of a new school building to address the shortage of classrooms.
  • Vietnam --- Giang Thi May teaches a first-grade class at the primary school of Van Chai in Dong Van district, on the border w
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    Vietnam --- Giang Thi May teaches a first-grade class at the primary school of Van Chai in Dong Van district, on the border with China, north of Hanoi. There is no electricity and no books. She teaches the children in the local Hmong language.
  • Northern Ireland, U.K. --- Primary Seven pupils from Glenaan Primary School in the Glens of Antrim pose for a group pict
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    Northern Ireland, U.K. --- Primary Seven pupils from Glenaan Primary School in the Glens of Antrim pose for a group picture in their classroom with their teacher and school principal Mr. Close.
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia --- Tahfiz or Quranic students recite the Quran in Madrasah Nurul Iman boarding school outside Malaysi
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    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia --- Tahfiz or Quranic students recite the Quran in Madrasah Nurul Iman boarding school outside Malaysia's capital city.
  • Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire --- Teacher Kahon Rochel poses for a picture with students inside their classroom at the the EPV Sinai
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    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire --- Teacher Kahon Rochel poses for a picture with students inside their classroom at the the EPV Sinai primary school. 

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