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03/08/2017 08:31 am ET | Updated Mar 11, 2017

60 Stunning Photos Of Girls Going To School Around The Globe

Every child deserves an education.

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Students walk past a U.S. soldier in Baghdad's Ameen district on October 14, 2008.

Nelson Mandela once said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” 

And it’s true, education is one of the greatest resources the world has to offer. Unfortunately, young girls and women ― half of world's the population ― are rarely given the same opportunities as boys to learn, study and succeed.

Globally, 65 million girls are not in school. Out of the 774 million people who are illiterate around the world, two-thirds are women. There are 33 million fewer girls in primary school than boys. And education really does save lives: If every woman around the globe had a primary and secondary education, childhood deaths would be cut in half

In January, Betsy DeVos became the U.S. Secretary of Education. DeVos, who’s an education activist with little-to-no actual experience working in schools, comes from a billionaire family and advocates almost exclusively for private and charter schools. The right of children to a solid public education, once considered a clear public good in the United States, now hangs in the balance.

To celebrate International Women’s Day and honor the importance of global education, we’ve rounded up 60 photos of girls going to school around the world.

The photos feature girls of all ages from Iran to Somalia to the U.S. to Japan getting an education -- something all children should have a right to, no matter their gender. 

  • 1 Somalia
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    Pupils walk on September 10, 2013 inside the Gambool high school in the Garowe region, Somaliland. The school is a project funded by the European Commission and has the capacity for 1,750 pupils both boys and girls. As key partners, Somalia and the European Union (EU) will be co-hosting a High Level Conference on A New Deal for Somalia in Brussels on September 16, 2013. 
  • 2 Japan
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    School girls, wearing surgical masks, cross a street at lunch time in Kyoto, western Japan November 19, 2014. 
  • 3 Philippines
    Lorgina Minguito / Reuters
    A woman accompanies some students as they wade in the shallow part of a rocky beach to their school to attend the first day of classes in Sitio Kinabuksan, Kawag village, Subic, Zambales Province, north of Manila June 1, 2015. 
  • 4 India
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    Children sit on the ground with a temporary roof to protect them against the strong sun in a small village called Bilwadi in the state of Rajasthan. The children who come from nomadic families are 6-14 years olds who are taught mathematics as well as reading and writing in Hindi. This photo was taken on October 29, 2014.
  • 5 Iran
    Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images
    Iranian school girls observe Members of Parliament discussing a draft to limit photographer's and cameramen's access to cover parliament's open sessions in Tehran on February 27, 2013.
  • 6 South Africa
    Siphiwe Sibeko / Reuters
    School girls walk past riot police standing guard outside Hillbrow magistrate court during an appearance of students who were arrested during a protest demanding free education at the Johannesburg's University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, October 12, 2016. 
  • 7 The United States
    Brian Snyder / Reuters
    Precious Perez listens during a class on United States history at a high school in Chelsea, Massachusetts January 24, 2014. Sixteen-year-old Perez has been blind since birth. She lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a working-class city on the outskirts of Boston. Her life is both like and unlike that of many of her contemporaries, blind or sighted. She walks with a friend to their public high school in the morning, takes voice lessons, plays goalball, and spends her time on social media. Picture taken January 24, 2014.
  • 8 Hong Kong
    ANTHONY WALLACE via Getty Images
    School students walk down a street in Hong Kong on July 4, 2016.
  • 9 Brazil
    Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images
    Girls attend a class at a school in the forest in Xapuri, Acre State, in northwestern Brazil, on October 8, 2014.
  • 10 Iraq
    HAIDAR HAMDANI via Getty Images
    An Iraqi school girl walks up the bank of a river after crossing the waterway on a small wooden boat in the district of Al-Mishikhab, some 25 kilometers south of the holy city of Najaf, as they head to school on April 1, 2015. According to Iraqi women in this area boat is one of the only ways for them to travel.
  • 11 Syria
    Bassam Khabieh / Reuters
    A girl carrying a school bag walks in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus October 21, 2014. 
  • 12 China
    Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images
    Chinese children attend a class at the Jinqao Center Primary School in Shanghai on September 1, 2014.
  • 13 Afghanistan
    Sham Marai/AFP/Getty Images
    Afghan schoolgirls board a bus in Qara Zaghan village in Baghlan province on May 7, 2013.
  • 14 Kenya
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    Two school girls walk towards a commuter train in Kikuyu, Kenya, on September 13, 2016. The railway in Kenya has a long history, with the British laying the country's first rail in 1896. 
  • 15 Russia
    Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images
    High-school graduates celebrate the last day of their classes in Moscow's Red Square on May 25, 2011.
  • 16 Gambia
    Thierry Gouegnon / Reuters
    Two school girls walk at Kairaba avenue in Banjul, Gambia January 24, 2017. 
  • 17 Haiti
    Thony Belizaire/AFP/Getty Images
    Brazilian UN peacekeepers distribute juice and crackers to students at the Immaculate Conception School February 6, 2013 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
  • 18 Bangladesh
    Thomas Trutschel via Getty Images
    Savar, Bangladesh - April 13: Girls in school uniform walking along a road after school on April 13, 2016 in Savar, Bangladesh. 
  • 19 Iran
    Ahmed Jadallah / Reuters
    School girls walk down the street in Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's birth village of Aradan, east of Tehran, March 12, 2008. 
  • 20 England
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    Withington Independent Girls School students celebrate getting good grades on their A level exams on August 15, 2013 in Manchester, England.
  • 21 Morocco
    FADEL SENNA via Getty Images
    A Moroccan girl walks to the school in Taghzirt, an isolated village in the el-Haouz province in the High Atlas Mountains south of Marrakesh on March 4, 2016. 
  • 22 Pakistan
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    Pakistani school girls pray for the early recovery of child activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head in a Taliban assassination attempt, at their school in Peshawar on October 12, 2012.
  • 23 Spain
    Marcelo Del Pozo / Reuters
    School children wearing costumes walk during a school excursion to a permanent exhibition at Velazquez research centre in Seville May 11, 2009. 
  • 24 Sri Lanka
    Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images
    Sri Lankan Muslim school girls stand on the edge of a sea port in Colombo on May 20, 2013, after traveling from their town of Kalmunai, over 231 miles away. 
  • 25 Germany
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    Students of the 7th and 8th classes swimming during a school triathlon on June 19, 2010 in Berlin, Germany.
  • 26 South Korea
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    Students take the annual Scholastic Aptitude Test at the Poongmun high school in Seoul on November 13, 2014. 
  • 27 Central African Republic
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    A student stands in a classroom at a school in the capital city of Bangui, Central African Republic on March 12, 2014.
  • 28 Cuba
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    Cuban schoolgirls read during class on November 13, 2012 in Havana.
  • 29 Ecuador
    Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images
    Girls pose at a rural school at La Palizada in Tulcan, Carchi province, in Ecuador close to the Colombian border on November 7, 2012.
  • 30 China
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    A class of students run during a physical training exercise at the temporary campus of the "Walking School" of Xu Xiangyang Education and Training Group on December 22, 2005, on the outskirts of China's southwestern city of Chengdu.

 

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