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Randy Pench/Sacramento Bee/MCT/Getty Images U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Edward Mattey gets a goodbye kiss from his son, Giovanni Mattey, 4, on his first day of school at Folsom Hills Elementary School on Aug. 12, 2013 in Folsom, California.
We all remember the feelings of anticipation, anxiety and excitement that are part of returning to school every year. As students in the U.S. go back to school after summer break, we take a look at children around the world as they go to school. Here: Andres Salcedo tries to coax his reluctant daughter Camila, 5, into her kindergarten classroom on the first day of school at Steele Lane Elementary School in Santa Rosa, California, Aug. 20, 2014. Beth Schlanker/Santa Rosa Press Democrat/ZUMA
Muhammed Muheisen/AP Afghan refugees and internally displaced Pakistani school children attend their first day of school in a makeshift classroom on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Aug. 19, 2014. Official statistics released by the Federal Education Ministry of Pakistan give a desperate picture of education for all, especially for girls. The overall literacy rate is 46 per cent, while only 26 per cent of girls are literate.
Students wade across a shallow river to reach the Casili Elementary School on the first day of classes for the new school year in Rodriguez, Rizal province, Philippines, June 2, 2014. Romeo Ranoco/Reuters
Kat Castor, left, takes a photo of her son Derik Taylor, right, under the sign for the new Briarwood Elementary school on the first day of classes, in Moore, Oklahoma, Aug. 19, 2014. Sue Ogrocki/AP
A preschool student cries as she arrives for her first day at a public school in the shanty town of Ticlio Chico, Villa Maria del Triunfo, on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, March 10, 2014. Mariana Bazo/Reuters
Thedric Watson says goodbye to his son Deniro Watson, 4, in Carrie Johnson's kindergarten class at North Shore Elementary School, St. Petersburg, Florida, Aug. 18, 2014. Scott Keeler/Tampa Bay Times/ZUMA
Beawiharta Beawiharta / Reuters Students hold on to the side steel bars of a collapsed bridge as they cross a river to get to school at Sanghiang Tanjung village in Lebak regency, Indonesia's Banten village
A girl attends a class at a makeshift school on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, April 7, 2014. Mian Khursheed/Reuters
Chinese children attend class at the Jinqao Center Primary School in Shanghai on Sept. 1, 2014. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images
Royce Robinson, 6, at right, shows off his new school shoes to Rohan Patal, also 6, during the first day of first grade at Arthur F. Corey school in Buena Park, California, Aug. 11, 2014. The boys were kindergarten friends. ZUMA
A teacher takes care of weeping children at a kindergarten on Sept. 1, 2014 in Jiaxing, China. ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images
First-grader Harry Williams, 7, with his dogs Flora and Gandalf on his way to the bus stop on first day of school in Kanab, Utah, on Aug. 19, 2014. For millions of dogs across the country, summer is gone and so are their best buddies. Most dogs object for a while but eventually adjust to the new hours. But millions of others will feel abandoned, panicky, sad and unable to cope as they look for ways to lash out. Jill Williams/AP
Enrique Calvo/Reuters Students attend class on their first day back to primary school in the "La Soledad" public school in Palma de Mallorca, on the island of Mallorca, Spain, Sept. 13, 2012. This multicultural school houses around 25 different nationalities and parents can choose which language, Spanish or Catalan, their children receive classes in.
Arko Datta / Reuters A school girl walks on a road covered with oil and soot at an industrial area in Mumbai .
Indian schoolgirls get a ride to school in New Delhi, India, Aug. 28, 2014. Bernat Armangue/AP
Students wait for the start of their first day of primary school in the "La Soledad" public school in Palma de Mallorca, on the island of Mallorca, Spain. Enrique Calvo/Reuters
Darren Whiteside / Reuters A Palestinian school boy walks past Israeli border police during clashes with Palestinian stone throwers in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan.
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Myrtle Underwood Elementary School crossing guard Jeffrey "JR" Richardson donned a Batman costume complete with a cape and mask to greet students at they crossed Scales Street on the first day of school on Aug. 25, 2014 in Raleigh, N.C .
Muslim boys attend a painting class at a school in the Muslim-dominated Johapura area in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, March 1, 2014. Ahmad Masood/Reuters
Students attend a class at a makeshift school on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, April 7, 2014. Mian Khursheed/Reuters
Proud father Abdirzak Alibos took a photo of his daughter Isra Alibos, 7, and friends Nawal, left, and Najax Farah, center, on their first day of school at Pillsbury Elementary School in Minneapolis, Aug. 25, 2014. Elizabeth Flores/Minneapolis Star Tribune/ZUMA
Amit Dave/Reuters Students dressed as Hindu Lord Krishna (center) and his consort Radha (right) offer school prayers inside their classroom during celebrations marking the Janmashtami festival in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad August 16, 2014. The festival, which marks the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, is celebrated across India.
Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters Students raise their hands in class on the first day of their new school year at a government school in Giza, Egypt, Sept. 22, 2013.
Students sit astride on a bamboo raft as they are ferried across a river on their way to Casili Elementary School for the first day of classes, in Rodriguez, Rizal province, Philippines, June 2, 2014. Romeo Ranoco/Reuters
A boy carries a chair towards a classroom on the first day of the new school year at Casili Elementary School in Rodriguez, Rizal province, Philippines, June 2, 2014. Romeo Ranoco/Reuters
Andrew Biraj / Reuters Children returning from school walk along a railway track in Dhaka May 29, 2014.
Stringer China / Reuters Xu Liangfan, 37, escorts students on a cliff path as they make their way to Banpo Primary School in Shengji county, Bijie city in Guizhou province March 12, 2013. Xu, who started working at the school last year, is the headmaster of the school and teaches mathematics and gym class.
Brookwood Elementary fifth-grader Sarah Charney helps her little brother Jo find his kindergarten class on the first day of school in Georgia, Aug. 6, 2014. zumA
Mian Khursheed/Reuters A boy uses color markers to fill his drawing book outside his makeshift school on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, April 7, 2014.
A boy cries as he looks for his mother on the first day of classes at Casili Elementary School in Rodriguez, Rizal province, Philippines, June 2, 2014. Romeo Ranoco/Reuters
A Palestinian student returns to school in the morning of the first day of the new year study in the West Bank city of Nablus, on Aug. 24, 2014. Nedal Eshtayah/APA Images/ZUMA
In this picture taken on March 5, 2014, Syrian refugee student Raghad al-Ali, 6, left, shares a textbook for a French lesson with her Lebanese schoolmate Marwa Hassan, 7, at a mixed Lebanese-Syrian students classroom at a Lebanese public school in Beirut, Lebanon. More than 2 million of those who should be in school remain in Syria, where classrooms have been bombed, used as shelters or turned into military barracks. Another 300,000 Syrian children don’t attend school in Lebanon, along with some 93,000 in Jordan, 78,000 in Turkey, 26,000 in Iraq and 4,000 in Egypt, UNICEF officials in Geneva said. Those numbers likely are higher, as UNICEF can’t count the children whose parents didn’t register with the United Nations refugee agency. AP
Sierra Sterbens, 6, plays during recess on the first day of school at Kid Street Learning Center Charter School in Santa Rosa, California, Aug. 20, 2014. Santa Rosa Press Democrat/ZUMA
Students attend a class at a makeshift school on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, April 7, 2014. Students attend first day of their new academic year. Mian Khursheed/Reuters
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