Attacks on universities and cultural institutions have made getting a good education in Iraq difficult. Many intellectuals have sought refuge in the northern region of Kurdistan, where educational reform is underway.
Politicians were rattled by Germany's low ranking in an international comparative study of education 10 years ago. Despite reform efforts aimed at promoting equal opportunity, many children remain left out by the system.
Poorly paid instructors and many missed days of school are marring public education in Argentina, diminishing the standing the country once enjoyed in education. Rural schools face especially big problems.
Russia has implemented reforms aimed at giving pupils an equal shot at a good education. But the introduction of centralized university entrance exams has so far failed to end corruption in the school system.
Many disabled children in Pakistan feel as though they are a curse from God. For fear of marginalization, they remain hidden away at home and have few educational opportunities. An aid organization wants to change that.
India's highly-qualified computer scientists, engineers and doctors impress many in the world. But they are the exceptions. India's schools are underfunded, and the country has the world's highest illiteracy rate.
Completing a degree at an elite American university is considered a springboard to a successful career. But do enough people have a chance at landing a spot at top colleges?
Many of the people taking to the streets in revolt movements in the Arab World are young college graduates. Although they are often better educated than their parents, their chances of finding a job are scant.
Women in Afghanistan suffered severely under the Taliban regime. They were prevented from going to school and working. Today, the country depends on help from abroad to guarantee schooling for girls.