Her call comes ahead of World Teachers' Day falls on Oct. 5, a UNESCO initiative highlighting the work of educators struggling to teach children amid intimidation in Pakistan, conflict in Syria or poverty in Vietnam.
From well-resourced schools to pupils crammed into corridors, Reuters’ photographers documented classrooms around the world to illustrate educations differences and similarities.
Photo above: A teacher leads a class session at the Ecole Primaire Ave Marie in Burundi's capital Bujumbura on April 24.
. Year nine Biology boys class pose for a picture with teacher Suzanne Veitch in their classroom at Forest School, London on April 27.
. Teacher Father Juan Humberto Cruz poses for pictures with fourth grade students at Semillas de Esperanza (Seeds of Hope) school in Soacha, Colombia on June 11.
. Third grade students attend class at the Mashal Model School on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan Sept. 19. The Mashal Model School caters to children of underprivileged families from different parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan living in the village of Bari Imam who, outside of school, are street vendors, scavengers, beggars and car washers.
. First grade students and their class teacher Teruko Takakusaki pose for a photo during their homeroom period at the end of the school day at Takinogawa Elementary School in Tokyo, Japan, Sept. 18.
. Teacher Ana Dorrego poses with students of the rural school Agustin Ferreira on the outskirts of Minas city, Uruguay, Sept. 15. The school has 12 students aged 4 to 11, with only one teacher. Activities include milking a cow, planting vegetables and cooking.
. Giang Thi May teaches a first grade class at the primary school of Van Chai in Dong Van district, on the border with China, north of Hanoi, Vietnam, Sept. 21. There is no electricity and no books. She teaches the children in the local Hmong language.
. Art teacher Hanna Snitko poses for a picture with final year students, aged 16 to 17, of the Ukrainian Humanities Lyceum in their classroom in Kiev, Ukraine on Sept. 24.
. Teacher Archana Shori poses for a picture with 7th-grade level students inside their classroom at Rukmini Devi Public school in New Delhi, India, Sept. 7.
. Teacher Elizabeth Moguel poses for a photograph with her seventh grade Latin class at Boston Latin School in Boston, Massachusetts, Sept. 17. Boston Latin School is the first and oldest public school in the U.S., founded in 1635.
. Year 10 high school students from a vocational program with a maritime focus pose for a photograph at Artes y Oficios Melchor Lasso de la Vega School in Panama City, Sept. 4.
. Children of the Satere Mawe Indian tribe school at the Sahu Ape village pose for a picture in Manacapuru, Amazonas state, Brazil, July 10.
. Teacher Mahajera Armani and her class of girls pose for a picture at their study open area, founded by Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, outside Jalalabad city, Afghanistan Sept. 19.
. Class one children aged between six and seven pose for pictures in their classroom at Gifted Hands Educational Center in Kenya's Kibera slum in the capital Nairobi, Sept. 16.
. Students in Dr. Hugh McCormick's lower sixth politics division (year 12) sit in their classroom in Old Schools on the last day of term at Harrow School in Middlesex, Britain, June 16. Notable graduates of Old Harrovians include Winston Churchill, King Hussein of Jordan, Lord Byron and Benedict Cumberbatch.
. Primary Three pupils from Mill Strand Integrated Primary School in the town of Portrush pose for a group picture with their teacher Mrs. Martin in Northern Ireland, June 17.
. Teacher Ekaterine Tsipuria poses for a picture with year five schoolchildren at a public school in Tbilisi, Georgia, June 8.
. Tahfiz or Koranic students recite the Koran in Madrasah Nurul Iman boarding school outside Malaysia's capital city, Kuala Lumpur, Sept. 11. There are 36 male students at the madrasah, ranging from 11 to 18 years of age.
. Class 11 Afghan girl students attend a class at Zarghona high school in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 15.
. Teacher Marcos Paulo Geronimo poses for a picture with first grade high school students from the Dante Alighieri School in their classroom in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sept. 16.
. Students of the 10th form of the Gymnasium 1567 pose for a group portrait together with their teacher of History, Tamara Eidelman, in Moscow, Sept. 23.
. Teacher Reginald Sikhwari poses for a picture with his class of grade 11 students at Sekano-Ntoane school in Soweto, South Africa on Sept. 17.
. Mohammed Zurob marks an exercise for his first grade students during an English lesson inside a classroom at Taha Huseen elementary school in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Sept. 28.
. Teacher Moulay Ismael Lamrani poses for a picture with his class in the Oudaya primary school in Rabat, Sept. 15, at the start of the new school year in Morocco.
. A class from the San Frantzisko public primary school poses for a picture with their teacher, Marisa Solaguren, in the Basque fishing town of Bermeo, northern Spain, Sept. 25.
. Teacher Kahon Rochel poses for a picture with students inside their classroom at the EPV Sinai primary school in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Sept. 28.
. Syrian refugee students in second grade wait for the start of their first lesson of the year at Faith Sultan Mehmet Primary School in Ankara, Turkey, Sept. 28.