Introduction
We’ve seen brick-and-mortar schools with chambers as classes, painted walls, and everything, but have you ever imagined a school with a cave
as the roof? Dongzhong cave school in China, on the other hand, is everything you need to know about the feasibility of a cave becoming a
school.
The cave was created by air, water, and seismic processes over thousands of years. It is unquestionably a lovely and uncommon site to
learn, but the Miao people did not chose it because of its beauty. Local officials pledged to build a school in the neighborhood in the
1980s, but they never did. The Miao people preferred to take matters into their own hands when it comes to schooling because they had little
to no official support. They elected to turn one cave into an elementary school, which they called Mid-Cave Primary School, due to a shortage
of resources. With 8 professors and 186 students, Dongzhong first opened its doors in 1984.
Features of Dongzhong cave school
The Dongzhong Cave, located in a small village called Mao village in Ziyun County, China, has been a site of learning since 1984.Aside from the cave’s natural beauty, the little school has virtually little to offer. There are wooden classrooms and desks for instruction, as well
as a constructed basketball court for recreation.
The acoustics are great for choir training, biology is a hands-on experience thanks to the invasion of lizards and bats, and it is a haven
for biology instruction, as teachers have discovered. It is said that only an echoing children’s laughing “paints” it in vibrant
colors. The cave is extremely large, with enough room for up to 200 children. There are real hardwood desks as well as a basketball court in
this room.
Why government decided to close the cave school?
The Chinese government, however, did not agree, and the Dongzhong Cave School was shuttered in early 2011. “China is not a caveman
society,” they said. For the village’s few hundred students, the administration promised that a good, contemporary school would be
established. The Dongzhong cave, on the other hand, continues to be a popular tourist destination. It will pique everyone’s interest, and they
will want to learn more about it.
The cave features characteristic representatives of local species, such as lizards and bats, in addition to the well-equipped pavilions where
hundreds of youngsters completed a school programme a few years
ago.

-Mahira Khan