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6 of the World’s Most Unusual Schools

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1. Dongzhong Cave School, China.

Located in one of the poorest areas of China, the Dongzhong cave school was established to provide an education for children who would otherwise not have gone to school at all. Its unique location, in fact, was chosen because the villagers didn’t have the resources to build a school, so they worked with what they had. Sadly, the school was closed by the government in 2011, because, in their words, the country, “is not a society of cavemen.”

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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8:14AM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

10:12PM PDT on Sep 6, 2013

Thank you for a great article with good information. I loved all the schools, the kids are lucky to be given to chance to attend these.

6:03AM PDT on Sep 1, 2013


8:40AM PDT on Aug 30, 2013

pretty cool

6:23PM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

I think the cave school is awesome because it involved a community coming together to educate their children who otherwise would have nothing. Sometimes the government doesn't think before shutting down something that is important to a community. It makes it better that it was in a cage, more uniqie, and the kids looked happy enough :)

5:32AM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

John S. -- First of all, it's LGBT*, not LGTG. Second of all, yes, it IS diverse. If you'd bothered to do even five seconds of research, you'll see the school is NOT limited to only LGBT* individuals. Maybe if the school you went to had taught you about educating yourself before speaking on topics you know nothing about, you'd not be looking so silly right now.

8:49AM PDT on Aug 24, 2013

noted with interest.

8:26AM PDT on Aug 24, 2013

Is there any school for anteaters?

6:06AM PDT on Aug 24, 2013


2:22AM PDT on Aug 24, 2013

Totally useless, especially listing schools that have been closed for several years, or celebrating a school for diversity because it's only for LGTG students (not really diversity, is it).

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