This school had 13 students - thirteen - down from a high of 160 a few decades ago. And while thousands of schools with similarly dwindling enrollments have closed, this one - and many more - have stayed open, propped up by national government support.
|Kindergarten class at Sangri|
I was stunned to see resources like this flowing into such a small school, particularly in a country where class sizes of 40 are still common. It's the most compelling evidence I've seen of the Korean government's commitment to equity.
|The bus route map with every single|
student on it!
And while recruiting good teachers to rural areas can be challenging, the South Korean system is designed with regional equity in mind. Public school teachers are assigned for three or five years and then rotated to another school throughout their career. This is meant to prevent all the most talented and/or experienced teachers from concentrating at a few schools.
You can read more about this small school in an article I wrote for Global Post's series on "one-room school houses."
|Art class at Sangri|