World Teachers’ Day: School Around the World

African Children sitting on ground using laptop computers
These children go to school in Rwanda, a country in east Africa.

World Teachers’ Day is held every year in October. People started it to celebrate teachers and to help people all around the world understand the work that teachers do.

Even though there are teachers all around the world, school is not the same everywhere. Have you ever wondered what it might be like to go to school in a country different from the United States?

In Finland, students in elementary school spend around 75 minutes in recess! People there believe that children don’t learn if they don’t play. So they have to play every day, even if it’s cold outside. In fact, people in Finland think play is more important than homework.

Schools in the Philippines are very crowded, so they have two different start times. Some students start as early as 6 A.M. Others come to school at noon. What if your friend came at a different time from you?

In Thailand, boys and girls are together. Children sit closely together and work in groups. Students do a lot of talking in class! Students in Thailand don’t wear their shoes in the classroom, either.

How do you get to school? In Brazil, some students ride donkeys across the desert to get to school. And some students who live in Sumatra, Indonesia have to walk a tightrope across a river!

What Do You Think? Why do you think schools around the world are so different? What would you like to know about schools around the world?

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