The story of a man who for the past six years has served as the only teacher at an elementary school in a rural Guizhou village has made headlines on Chinese media.
Xie prepares food for his students at home with his wife.
Xie Bihua lives at the foot of a mountain in Weining Yi, Hui and Miao autonomous county, Guizhou province, while the elementary school is perched on the ridge of the mountain.
Xie takes the food to school on his motorbike.
According to Tencent News, Xie volunteered to teach at the school in 2009, although he’d previously taught in a school in much better condition.
Xie teaches Chinese class.
Thanks to Xie’s devotion, the students are now able to receive their schooling closer to home rather than walking more than two hours to get to the next closest school.
Xie plays with his students during a class break.
Xie is photographed handing out food to his students one by one.
For the past six years, Xie has been working as the headmaster and sole teacher at the school, and his care for each one of the students shows. He occasionally even prepares food at his home and brings it in for the kids.
Xie accompanies his students to go home after school.
Xie helps his wife clear weeds on the cornfield.
Xie hopes a new teacher will be willing to take on his role after he retires.
Xie is preparing for his classes.
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By Lucy Liu
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Previously on shanghaiist: For 38 years, this man has been the sole teacher at a primary school in rural Hunan