By Susan Harris
It’s back-to-school season in the northern hemisphere, and even those of us who are no longer students can feel the fall offers a fresh start and new opportunities for knowledge. We’re refreshing our own ideas of education with these scenes from classrooms around the world.
On the Senegalese island of Niodior, an elementary-school teacher gives a poor child the French language and the rest of the world in Fatou Diome’s The Belly of the Atlantic.
Image: Students at an elementary school in the Yoff district of Senegal. Public domain.
Preteens in Bangladesh strike back at an abusive teacher in Muhammed Zafar Iqbal’s “Rusha.”
Image: Student at the Unique Child Learning Center in Mirpur-Dhaka. Wikimedia Commons.
A thirty-year-old political activist in Baghdad is sent to teach high school in his grandmother’s hometown in a scene from Najem Wali’s Kumait.
Image: Student at a primary school in the Bayaa District Baghdad. Wikimedia Commons.
Image: Students taking a scholarship exam in 1940. Wikimedia Commons.
Schoolchildren are bemused by their Cuban “comrade teachers,” revolutionaries who came to Luanda during the Angolan Civil War, in Ondjaki’s “Comrade António and the Cuban Teachers.”
Image: Adult literacy students in Luanda, Angola. Wikimedia Commons.
Image: Students posing in front of Inuit artist Bill Nasogaluak’s scultpure in Monterrey, Mexico. Wikimedia Commons.
Image: Company information session for new graduates in Japan. Wikimedia Commons.
Published Sep 9, 2016 Copyright 2016 Susan Harris