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In Georgia's Mountains, A School For One

Nine-year-old Bacho Tsiklauri is the only student in his primary school in the Georgian village of Makarta. Set in a remote mountain gorge, the village has just 30 residents. Three older children, including Bacho's brother, Dato, attend high school in a neighboring town four kilometers away. Reuters photographer David Mdzinarishvili spent a day with Bacho as he attended school in his class of one. (14 PHOTOS)

Nine-year-old Bacho Tsiklauri leans against his home in Makarta, some 100 kilometers north of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.
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Nine-year-old Bacho Tsiklauri leans against his home in Makarta, some 100 kilometers north of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.

Bacho leaves for school in the village of Makarta. Some former residents have left the village to seek better economic opportunities elsewhere.
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Bacho leaves for school in the village of Makarta. Some former residents have left the village to seek better economic opportunities elsewhere.

Bacho walks to school with his father, Gia.
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Bacho walks to school with his father, Gia.

Bacho waits for his teacher in front of the house that functions as his school.
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Bacho waits for his teacher in front of the house that functions as his school.

A one-on-one lesson with his teacher, who studied here when she was a child.
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A one-on-one lesson with his teacher, who studied here when she was a child.

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Teacher Lia Tsiklauri teaches Bacho mathematics and Georgian.
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Teacher Lia Tsiklauri teaches Bacho mathematics and Georgian.

Bacho writes on his own personal blackboard.
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Bacho writes on his own personal blackboard.

Because there are no younger students enrolled here, the school will shut down when Bacho moves on to high school.
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Because there are no younger students enrolled here, the school will shut down when Bacho moves on to high school.

A school registration book with only one name: Bacho Tsiklauri
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A school registration book with only one name: Bacho Tsiklauri

Leaving school after class
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Leaving school after class

Lela Machkhashvili helps her son complete his homework.
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Lela Machkhashvili helps her son complete his homework.

Bacho with his father at home
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Bacho with his father at home

A view of the mountains from Bacho's window
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A view of the mountains from Bacho's window

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