Students take their English examination in a massive exam hall at Dongguan University of Technology, in south China's Guangdong province, on July 9, 2007. To prevent cheating and fraud, the 1,200 students take their test in the same hall.
Testing in China is a serious ordeal, especially when it comes time for the nine-hour college entrance exams. The New York Times reports that entry exams become "an obsession" for students and their families. In southwestern China, "Students studied in a hospital, hooked up to oxygen containers, in hopes of improving their concentration. Some girls take contraceptives so they will not get their periods during the exam. Some well-off parents dangle the promise of fabulous rewards for offspring whose scores get them into a top-ranked university: parties, 100,000 renminbi in cash, or about $14,600, or better."
(Photo: China Daily/Reuters)
A Rare Glimpse at Schoolchildren in North Korea
Two little girls walk to school in North Korea. This photo was taken in Pyongyang, the country's capital, on May 2, 2007.
The Associated Press reported that in Pyongyang, learning to hate Americans starts as early as kindergarten. In fact, the AP reports, it "is as much a part of the curriculum as learning to count." The principal of an elementary school told journalists that "Our children learn from an early age about the American bastards." They do so by having the kids practice beating a dummy of an American soldier with batons.
In September 2012, North Korean leaders announced they would be making positive changes to the country's education system. Despite any advancements, the learned hatred will likely continue.
Photo: Nora Stribrna/Reuters
A Sprint from School in India
Muslim boys run home on their way back from a "madrasa," or Islamic school, on the outskirts of Jammu in India on September 17, 2007. The Muslim population in India is approximately 150 million, the second largest Muslim population in the world.
According to a government of India report, the literacy rate among the country's Muslims in 2001 was 59.1 percent. This was far below the national average of 65.1 percent. The poverty rates for India's Muslim population is not much higher than low-caste Hindus.
Photo: Amit Gupta/Reuters
Class in a Cave
In a remote Miao village in the Guizhou province of southwest China, children attend a class inside a huge cave. The Middle Cave elementary school, which has 194 students in five classes, was built inside the natural cave by Miao families who have lived there for more than half a century. Most students must walk for one to three hours on a stone path to get to the school every morning.
In the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, university students attend their graduation ceremony on July 30, 2007.
In Yemen the obstacles to higher education women face include poverty, early marriage, a husband and/or family's rejection, and the issue of co-education. The women pictured above beat these odds.
Photo: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters
Ballet Classes in Hanoi
Students exercise during a ballet class at the Vietnam Dancing School in Hanoi on August 30, 2007. Hanoi is a city that is rich in culture and the arts. Schools such as this one give children the opportunity to learn more than reading, writing, and arithmetic.
Outside of a Boarding School Dormitory in China
Middle-school students walk along the corridor of their dormitory at a boarding school in Hukou, Jiangxi province on March 12, 2008. Due to limited schools in rural areas, families often send their children to publicly financed boarding schools.
(Photo: Nir Elias/Reuters)
A Refuge in Senegal
Talibes, or Islamic students, learn Arabic script at a Koranic school in Pikine, on the outskirts of Dakar, Senegal, on May 7, 2008. Often runaways, Talibes beg on the streets, collecting alms for a marabout (a religious leader) in return for food, accommodation, and Koranic learning as part of Senegal's Mouride sect of Islam.
(Photo: Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters)
On Guard in Israel
In the town of Sderot, Israeli soldiers stand guard at the entrance of a school. In 2007 Palestinian rocket fire from the nearby Gaza Strip prompted Sderot parents to threaten a boycott of the new school year. Israel responded with stepped-up military surveillance of Gaza and soldier patrols in the city. Photo taken on September 4, 2007.
(Photo: Amir Cohen/Reuters)
The School Year Begins in Nicaragua
In Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua, a girl writes on a chalkboard during the opening of the elementary school year in the city's old center. The school year in Nicaragua starts in February and runs through November. The male literacy rate (ages 15-24) is 85 percent and the female literacy rate (ages 15-24) is 89 percent. Photo taken on February 4, 2008.
Jenny Inglee is a Los Angeles-based journalist and the Education Editor at TakePart. She has taught English in Vietnam and tutors homeless children in Los Angeles.Email Jenny | @jennyinglee | TakePart.com