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Classrooms Around the World
For this week’s Talaga? article, our focus is education, in honor of the Filipino Cultural Association’s Filipino American Studies Gala 2017: Cultured Carpet. This event brings together the Filipino and non-Filipino communities in promoting education across different spectrums, as well as honoring those that helped contribute to the beginning of the Filipino American Studies class at the University of Maryland, College Park.
As crucial and life-changing education is, many of us take it for granted. Sure, education pushes us out of bed in the morning. It taught us our ABC’s and 123’s. It taught us that George Washington was the first president of the United States, or that the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell. However, many other countries aren’t as fortunate as the United States can be. Roughly 263 million children around the world, ranging from the ages of 6 to 17, are out of school, according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Hundreds of schools worldwide lack the necessary resources, books, teachers, and the functionality to run a classroom efficient enough.
At the same time, none of those stop these kids from learning. Education doesn’t have to come from a set syllabus or curriculum, or a formal teacher teaching in lectures. Just like the Asian Americans and Filipino Americans that countlessly pushed for studies of their heritage and history, these children have the same determination and curiosity. Education is in everyday life, and although these children have different settings for their education, they still one thought in common: the will and perseverance to learn.
Here are some examples of different classrooms all around the world, ranging from classrooms on a boat, to buildings made out of straw.
Jalalabad City, Afghanistan
Written by Winona Zaky