Classroom Portraits – where children learn

Look into any Australian classroom and you’ll most likely see strings of paintings, class projects and artwork zig-zagging the room; a reading corner full of books and another corner reserved for computers and other tech. But how do our Australian classrooms stack up on the world stage?

Photographer Julian Germain travelled to nineteen countries around the world to capture diverse images of classrooms. His project, Classroom Portraits, offers a fascinating glimpse at the differences and the similarities between the places children learn, from Argentina and Germany to Bangladesh and Taiwan.


The images include classrooms from pre-schools through to senior schools – there’s a bright Saudi Arabian kindergarten room, complete with computers, to a grade two science classroom in Yemen, that appears to include one child’s younger sister!


A close look at the captions that go with Germain’s portraits reveal that the age of class participants is not always reflected in the level of material they are being taught – a grade two maths class in Peru (below) is composed of people of a wide-range of ages, highlighting the fact that we crave an opportunity to learn, regardless of age.


We’ve done a few posts on similar topics – a look at where children sleep by British photographer, James Mollison, and Gabriele Galimberti’s collection of portraits of children with their favourite toys.

Classroom Portraits is available at Book Depository, which delivers free to Australia.

(via Brain Pickings)




Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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