How those exciting, first days of school look for kids around the globe.
How those exciting, first days of school look for kids around the globe
1. TRADITIONALLY teachers in Estonia receive flowers from their pupils on the first day of school. This welcome bouquet is also customary in Russia and the Ukraine.
2. FIRST GRADERS IN JAPAN are easily recognizable by their bright-colored hats. Above all, these yellow bonnets are designed to be quickly seen by motorists.
3. SCHOOL UNIFORMS are mandatory in Australia, as they are in many other countries as well. The young lady on the right, however, appears to disagree with this policy.
4. IN NORTH KOREA pupils are accompanied by their parents on the first day of school. In the country’s totalitarian system, rules and discipline play a central role in the education process.
5. A SWEET START to school life is all but guaranteed in Germany, where students are given a Schultüte or bag full of candy and useful school supplies.
6. FOR CHILDREN in crisis regions, beginning school is something to celebrate. That is the case for these siblings from a refugee camp for earthquake victims in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Here they finally get a chance to be kids again.
7. AS PROUD AS CAN BE, this little Chinese girl poses for a photographer on her first day of school. Her uniform is reminiscent of that of a sailor, which is typical for Asia.
8. IN RANK AND FILE these South African students explore their future classroom. Black and white children learning together is normal now, but during apartheid unthinkable.