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Indonesia in the Heart of Cairo
Cairo
By Silhouette Production House
19 Apr 2016

Cairo’s Al-Azhar University attracts many students from Asian countries including Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and China who come for Islamic studies as well as secular subjects.
Most of the students live in the Nasr City district where some establish small businesses to earn money to pay for their education.
Ardy Manda Putra is one of these students. He arrived in Cairo a year ago from Indonesia and joined a few friends to open a small Indonesian restaurant. He goes to classes three days a week and works at the restaurant every Thusrday, where he earns two hundred Egyptian pounds per month.
Ardy wants to complete a masters degree before returning to his homeland to serve as an Islamic preacher.

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Interview with a Young Ukrainian
Krakow
By tobiasero
03 Apr 2015

Victoria is a young Ukrainian girl who moved to Poland in order to begin her studies. She speaks about the situation in Ukraine; her father is part of the Ukrainian military, injured during the fight with pro-Russian separatists.

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Pakistan: Peshawar Army Public School...
Peshawar, Pakistan
By Malik Ayub Sumbal
10 Jan 2015

Class is back in session at Peshawar's Army Public School, the target of a brutal attack by Taliban militants that killed 141 people in mid-December. Parents and their children were eager to tell media that despite the attacks, they are not afraid and that their children shouldn't have to live in fear in order to get an education. A ceremony was held as schools across Pakistan re-opened after an extended break in the wake of the attack.

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In the morning on Dec 16, 2014 six Taliban fighters entered Peshawar’s Army Public School under orders to let the youngest children leave and to kill everyone else. The killing spree took the lives of 141 people, among them 132 children. This was the latest in a years-long string of attacks against Pakistani civilians and military and government institutions, starting with the alleged assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007. The Pakistani Taliban’s targeting of educational institutions, however, is not new, including an attack on a school bus in 2011, the attempt on the life of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai in 2012, and now the tragic killing of over a hundred students in the Peshawar school.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
16 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

The straw and mud structure of the school is not solid. Inside the classrooms, the walls have been starting to fall apart.

While lack of funds is one reason for the poor structure of the school, the other major factor is an Israeli law banning the use of cement for construction by Palestinians in Area C of the West Bank. The school is located in Area C, which is the part of the West Bank under total Israeli military control.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
16 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

The school of Khan Al-Ahmar has classes from grades 1 to 9. Children from five different Bedouin communities attend classes there. Every year, their number grows. There were 120 children for the 2013-2014 school year. In September 2014, 146 came to register.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
16 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

English class for 3rd grade children. All the children are eager to learn. They want to keep studying after the 9th grade, and often want to become doctor or lawyers because there are no medical or legal services in their community. While medical services are a basic essential for any community, legal services are significant to the West Bank Bedouin because they need lawyers to help them battle eviction orders from Israeli courts and the Israeli Army.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
16 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014.
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine.

Teachers run in the rain between their classrooms and the "teachers room" to bring handouts for their students.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

Children in the 8th grade studying, with the shape of the tires appearing in the wall. The goal of many of the students is often to enter into a profession that is not represented in their community, like medical or legal.

Every year the school administration goes to court in order to postpone the demolition of the institution. So far, they have managed to avoid a final demolition, but the orders remain, and it is uncertain how much longer the school will remain.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

Among the classrooms built of soil and rubber tires, two are built of sheet metal. These more sturdy structures are sponsored by the European Union. The State of Israel did not authorize their construction and, as a consequence, they are hidden under tents and tarps.

When materials are donated by foreign donors, like the European Union, they are still at risk of confiscation by Israeli authorities when they are shipped into the area. In February of 2014, Italy donated playground equipment. However, the entire shipment was confiscated by the Israeli Army and materials never made it to the school.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

Every time it rains, the classrooms get wet and humid, and the water leaks into where the students sit. There is also no heater for the cold winter of the desert.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

Harema Zhaeqq is the headmaster of the school. She is highly respected by the teachers, as they say that she is always able to find the necessary furniture for the classes, by canvassing companies in Palestine and abroad. Some companies in Palestine are hesitant to donate, because they fear sanctions from Israel. However, Ms. Zhaeqq is usually able to convince them anyway. Here, she stands beside the supplies for science classes.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

English class. The children study with bowls on the tables to capture the rain falling into the classrooms.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

Two young girls are go to class amidst murals used to add color to the otherwise mundane surroundings.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

Children have to buy their notebooks and school supplies themselves. However, when a family is too poor to pay for school supplies, the teachers gather money to cover the child's expenses.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

Recreation time at the school. A young boy strikes a pose for the camera.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

A young student runs back to class after playtime. The recreation area is muddy and wet due to heavy rain. The teachers wish the children could have a better space to play in because the ground is not suitable for child recreation.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

The school playground for the Bedouin children of Khan Al-Ahmar is built of tires, mud, and other scrap materials.

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Khan Al Ahmar, Palestine
By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan Al-Ahmar, Palestine

Signs are made visible outside of the classrooms to thank the public sponsors of the school. While thankful for the funds, the headmaster pointed out that funds are limited and they only receive funds from the European Union and Italy.

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Ukraine Protests 8
Ukraine, Lviv
By Maciej Moskwa
06 Dec 2013

Activist inside of the tent of the anti-government protesters warming up cream which is suppose to be used for medical reasons. The camp functions 24/7 and students take shifts in running and guarding the camp and the press center.
Lviv, Ukraine.

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Children's Resilience in Aleppo 1
Aleppo, Syria
By Walid Al Ahmad
01 Oct 2013

Aleppo- Syria, October 1, 2013: Heba Basmage, a 9 year-old diagnosed with cancer, was being treated before the revolution, but now does not have access to a hospital to continue her therapy. She insisted to continue her education.

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Student Protests
Cairo, Egypt
By Daniel Van Moll
27 Aug 2013

Students demonstrating in front of the Syndicate of Journalists in Cairo, Egypt on August, 28th 2013.

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School for Syrian Refugees in Turkey ...
Antakya, Turkey
By Jodi Hilton
14 Dec 2012

A first grade student at the Albashayer School for Syrian Refugee Children shows her drawing which includes the free Syria flag, chains, a yellow sun and big green heart.

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London (9 of 10)
London, United Kingdom
By George Henton
22 Nov 2012

A student activist uses a loudspeaker to address crowds during a protest organised by the National Union of Students in London, United Kingdom, 21 November 2012. Thousands of students from across the UK joined the march which, despite fears by police and organisers of a repeat of violence seen at a similar demonstration in 2010, remained largely peaceful. GEORGE HENTON.

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Bunker Schools in Syria (Part 20 of 35)
Al Bab, Syria
By AnnaThereseDay
15 Oct 2012

Following months of routine shelling, the “liberated” Syrian town of Al Bab bands together in an attempt to grasp a bit of normalcy for their children. Since August, six schools have been shelled in Assad’s escalated aerial bombardment, and class has been moved to underground bunkers and basements, adapting to the times. Many parents fear sending their children to school, but now community members are volunteering their time in order to safely get the kids out of the house... and back to school.

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Do We Have Classes?
Beirut, Lebanon
By mkleit
10 Aug 2012

Stereotypes are major issues in defining Lebanese colleges. Some are defined as low, middle, or high standard classes, according to statistics of tuitions and personal income level. Sociology takes its part in defining this status quo and the ways to avoid it. Students, as well, share their thoughts on how they perceive universities including theirs.

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Education in Rural Uganda (5 of 14)
Bombo, Uganda
By Leyland Cecco
25 Jul 2012

One of the children from Conde Hill, Teo Babirye, has a learning disability that prevents her from progressing at a level similar to that of other students in the class. However, her teacher Moreen Nakiboneka takes the time each day to work with Teo in order to help her. Moreen is a recently-graduation teacher, still full of passion despite her discouraging working conditions, a passion that helps her teach Teo and Tina. Teo's twin sister, Tina Nakato has moved on to a year higher than her. Even though Tina is in a different class, she's often caught walking by the classroom to check on her sister.

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Egyptian Woman In Action
Cairo, Egypt
By mostafaa.sheshtawy
25 Jan 2012

A protester holding a banner says "Our revolution is peaceful" in a student march.

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Egyptian Women In Action
Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
By mostafaa.sheshtawy
20 Dec 2011

Students march outside Ain Shams university to protest the killing taking place in Tahrir in the December cabinet clashes.