It is a sunny May morning and Olivia, a short girl with blonde hair and blue eyes, is waiting for the bus to arrive to take her to school.
Good morning class. Today we will be talking about the differences in education around the world
In China, all citizens must attend school for nine years. Education is free, and it is controlled by the state.
In Russia, the school system is separated into three tiers: primary, general, and secondary education. Students lack some freedom when deciding their futures in terms of college, but Russian universities provide all students with free books.
Mexico has a relatively low standard of education. Like Russia, education is split into three levels. Education at state schools is free and students choose to follow either an academic or technical track.
Over one fifth of children between the ages of 6 and 11 in Sub-Saharan Africa are out of school. The majority of children that are able to go to school are boys. Very few girls have the opportunity to get an education.