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An Eye-Opening Look Into Classrooms Around The World

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.

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, 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?”

Ethiopia, Gambella Elementary School, Gambella

Bahrain, Saar, Grade 11, Islamic

Argentina, Buenos Aires, Grade 4, Natural Science

Cuba, Escuela Primaria Angela Landa, Old Havana

Germany, Düsseldorf, Year 7, English

Bangladesh, Jessore Zilla School, Jessore

Brazil, Belo Horizonte, Series 6, Mathematics

England, Seaham, Reception and Year 1, Structured Play

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

Tokyo, Japan, Grade 5, Classical Japanese

United States, Beaumont High School, St Louis, Missouri

Holland, Heerenveen, Secondary Year 1, Sports Day

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

Nigeria, Kuramo Junior College, Victoria Island, Lagos

Peru, Tiracanchi, Secondary Grade 2, Mathematics

Qatar, Grade 10, Religion

Russia, School No 63, Kalininsky District, St Petersburg

Saudi Arabia, Dammam, Kindergarden, Activities
Spain, Colegio de Educación Público, Estados Unidos de América Huarte de San Juan, Madrid

Taiwan, Min-sheng Junior High School, Taipei

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


Yemen, Manakha, Primary Year 2, Science Revision

Yemen, Al Ishraq Primary, Akamat Al Me’gab

All classroom photos can be found at Julian Germain’s website

Source: All That Is Interesting

 

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