An Eye-Opening Look Into Classrooms Around The World

Published February 19, 2014
Updated February 12, 2018

What began as a quiet photography project in northeast England quickly developed into a worldwide photojournalistic commentary on the 500 year old institution of in-classroom education.

From Ethiopia to Yemen to Russia to Missouri, when we look at the classrooms featured in this wonderful photo series, we aren’t just viewing desks and chairs. We’re looking at the future.

Classroom In Ethiopia
Ethiopia, Gambella Elementary School, Gambella

Bahrain School
Bahrain, Saar, Grade 11, Islamic

Pictures Of Classrooms Across The World
Argentina, Buenos Aires, Grade 4, Natural Science

Classrooms Across The World Cuba
Cuba, Escuela Primaria Angela Landa, Old Havana

School In Germany
Germany, Düsseldorf, Year 7, English

Bangladesh Class
Bangladesh, Jessore Zilla School, Jessore

Global Classrooms Pictures
Brazil, Belo Horizonte, Series 6, Mathematics

England Year 1 Class
England, Seaham, Reception and Year 1, Structured Play

School In Holland
Holland, Drouwenermond, Primary Year 5, 6, 7 & 8, History

Tokyo, Japan, Grade 5, Classical Japanese

High School In St. Louis
United States, Beaumont High School, St Louis, Missouri

Netherlands Sports Day
Holland, Heerenveen, Secondary Year 1, Sports Day

Nigeria Islamic School
Nigeria, Kano, Ooron Dutse, Senior Islamic Secondary Level 2, Social Studies

Global Classrooms
Nigeria, Kuramo Junior College, Victoria Island, Lagos

Peru Grade 2 Class
Peru, Tiracanchi, Secondary Grade 2, Mathematics

Qatar, Grade 10, Religion

Russia, School No 63, Kalininsky District, St Petersburg

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia, Dammam, Kindergarden, Activities

Spain Music Class
Spain, Colegio de Educación Público, Estados Unidos de América Huarte de San Juan, Madrid

Taiwan Classroom
Taiwan, Min-sheng Junior High School, Taipei

Oklahoma School
USA, Oklahoma, Avant, Grade 4 & 5 Social Sciences

Yemen Science Class
Yemen, Manakha, Primary Year 2, Science Revision

Global Classrooms Yemen
Yemen, Al Ishraq Primary, Akamat Al Me’gab

In his portraitures, Germain made sure not to tell the students how to "be" or have the classroom pre-arranged to fit a specific vision, nor did he break a school's time tables.

When asked if a particular encounter stuck out to him from the classrooms around the world he visited, Germain cited a visit at a school in Yemen. Upon arriving, Germain asked a Yemeni boy if he liked school, and the child responded with an enthusiastic, so-obvious-it's-not-even-funny "of course". Said Germain to the interviewer, "His response was just so different from that of any child from a developed country where school is routine. It's very simplistic, but in so many ways, we rich folk just don't know how lucky we are, do we?"

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Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.