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?”

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Classrooms World Ethiopia

Ethiopia, Gambella Elementary School, Gambella

Classrooms World Bahrain

Bahrain, Saar, Grade 11, Islamic

Classrooms World Argentina

Argentina, Buenos Aires, Grade 4, Natural Science

Classrooms World Cuba

Cuba, Escuela Primaria Angela Landa, Old Havana

Classrooms World Germany

Germany, Düsseldorf, Year 7, English

Classrooms World Bangladesh

Bangladesh, Jessore Zilla School, Jessore

Classrooms World Brazil

Brazil, Belo Horizonte, Series 6, Mathematics

Classrooms World England

England, Seaham, Reception and Year 1, Structured Play

Classrooms World Holland

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

Classrooms World Japan

Tokyo, Japan, Grade 5, Classical Japanese

Classrooms World Missouri

United States, Beaumont High School, St Louis, Missouri

Classrooms World Netherlands

Holland, Heerenveen, Secondary Year 1, Sports Day

Classrooms World Nigeria Women

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

Classrooms World Nigeria

Nigeria, Kuramo Junior College, Victoria Island, Lagos

Classrooms World Peru

Peru, Tiracanchi, Secondary Grade 2, Mathematics

Classrooms World Qatar

Qatar, Grade 10, Religion

Classrooms World Russia

Russia, School No 63, Kalininsky District, St Petersburg

Classrooms World Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, Dammam, Kindergarden, Activities

Classrooms World Spain

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

Classrooms World Taiwan

Taiwan, Min-sheng Junior High School, Taipei

Classrooms World United States

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

Classrooms World Yemen Girls

Yemen, Manakha, Primary Year 2, Science Revision

Classrooms World Yemen

Yemen, Al Ishraq Primary, Akamat Al Me’gab

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

Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox is the Managing Editor of All That Is Interesting. She holds a Master's Degree in International Relations, and works as a reporter/producer for DNAinfo.
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