Day of Knowledge

imagesDid you know that Sept. 1 is the traditional day for students to return to school in Russia? It’s known there as the “Day of Knowledge.”

In Japan, boys carry black book bags and girls carry red ones.

In India, boys and girls sit on opposite sides of the classroom.

On the first day of school in Kazakhstan, students bring their teachers flowers.

Here’s a cool chart that shows when students go back to school in some countries.

In Burkina Faso, students report to school a few days before classes begin to help clear weeds and move furniture. They work alongside teachers and school administrators to prepare the school for the new academic year. Students also purchase kerosene lanterns so they can do their homework in the evenings since most villages do not have electricity.

Although the customs – and shopping lists – may change country to country, going back to school is an exciting time for most children. In fact, there’s not a lot of grumbling from school children around the world about going back to school since they see it as an opportunity for them to learn.

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One response to “Day of Knowledge

  1. Thank you for including a link to our school calendar and Time for School video on your blog. Both features were intended to make visitors to CFCA’s Web site aware of the realities for schoolchildren around the world. It’s all part of our effort to increase awareness of poverty and encourage positive connections between people from different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. We see the world through different lenses, but we have much in common.

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