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World Teachers' Day Across The Region

October 5 marks World Teachers' Day, a UNESCO-sponsored day dedicated to recognizing the importance of teachers' work. Photos from across RFE/RL's broadcast region show teachers working hard to make a difference in their students' lives, sometimes under difficult conditions or without proper resources.

Schoolgirls in burqas listen to their male teacher in the outskirts of Afghanistan's Herat Province.
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Schoolgirls in burqas listen to their male teacher in the outskirts of Afghanistan's Herat Province.

Kyrgyz children listen to their teacher during a lesson at a local school in a tent in the city of Osh.
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Kyrgyz children listen to their teacher during a lesson at a local school in a tent in the city of Osh.

Afghan students sit on the floor during a lesson at the Nasoana school in Kabul.
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Afghan students sit on the floor during a lesson at the Nasoana school in Kabul.

A pupil shakes hands with a teacher in Iran.
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A pupil shakes hands with a teacher in Iran.

Girls study in an open-air school on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
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Girls study in an open-air school on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

A lesson in the village of Andi in the Russian republic of Daghestan
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A lesson in the village of Andi in the Russian republic of Daghestan

Students and their teacher hide their faces from the camera at a girls' primary school in Bajaur Agency, Pakistan.
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Students and their teacher hide their faces from the camera at a girls' primary school in Bajaur Agency, Pakistan.

Children study chemistry at a school named after former Chechen leader Akhmad Kadyrov in Grozny.
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Children study chemistry at a school named after former Chechen leader Akhmad Kadyrov in Grozny.

10-year-old Rovsan Qurbanov, from Azerbaijan's Aghsu region, wants to study at university and become a teacher someday.
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10-year-old Rovsan Qurbanov, from Azerbaijan's Aghsu region, wants to study at university and become a teacher someday.

Schoolchildren belonging to the Afghan community in Moscow learn Dari and Pashto with their teacher.
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Schoolchildren belonging to the Afghan community in Moscow learn Dari and Pashto with their teacher.

Female students attend classes in a tent in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
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Female students attend classes in a tent in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

A teacher writes letters from the Kalasha alphabet, used by the Kalash minority, during a lesson in Pakistan's northwestern Bumboret Kalash valley.
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A teacher writes letters from the Kalasha alphabet, used by the Kalash minority, during a lesson in Pakistan's northwestern Bumboret Kalash valley.

A Georgian teacher gives a lesson for three schoolboys in the South Ossetian village of Akhmaji.
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A Georgian teacher gives a lesson for three schoolboys in the South Ossetian village of Akhmaji.

A teacher and her students in the courtyard of their school in Baghdad
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A teacher and her students in the courtyard of their school in Baghdad

Students and their teacher in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province
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Students and their teacher in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province

Primary school classes in Baghdad
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Primary school classes in Baghdad

Teacher Nibras Qassim was left partially paralyzed after an illness, but has returned to teaching math at her home in Kut, Iraq.
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Teacher Nibras Qassim was left partially paralyzed after an illness, but has returned to teaching math at her home in Kut, Iraq.

Students learn archery at the Pishtaz School in Tehran, a preschool for gifted children.
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Students learn archery at the Pishtaz School in Tehran, a preschool for gifted children.

Students listen to their teacher at Habibia High School in Kabul.
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Students listen to their teacher at Habibia High School in Kabul.

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