[ti:Russian Village to Lose Its Last Teacher] [by:www.otzgay.live] [00:00.00]更多聽力請訪問51VOA.COM [00:00.04]Uminur Kuchukova of Russia could have retired years ago. [00:06.34]Yet the 61-year-old teacher keeps working at a school in the Siberian village of Sibilyakovo. [00:16.56]She continues to teach for one reason: the school's one and only student, a nine-year-old boy. [00:26.52]When Kuchukova leaves next year, the school will close. [00:32.64]Sibilyakovo is like thousands of villages across Russia. [00:37.73]Many people moved out of it after the closure of the local state-operated collective farm. [00:47.32]Russian officials began closing collective farms after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. [00:57.76]Sibilyakovo is mainly home to Tatars, a Turkiс group that is one of many ethnic minorities in Russia. [01:08.28]In the 1970s, the village had a population of 550 and a primary school with four classes. [01:18.99]Each class had about 18 children. [01:24.44]Today the village's population has shrunk to 39. [01:31.16]Uminur Kuchukova has taught at the school for 42 years. [01:38.24]She has bought a home in the town of Tara, about 50 kilometers away. [01:45.60]She plans to retire there with her husband at the end of the school year. [01:51.90]By then, she hopes, her only student will be old enough to travel to a neighboring village for classes. [02:02.60]But the nearest school is a 30-minute boat ride across the Irtysh River [02:09.11]followed by a 20-minute ride on a school bus. [02:14.48]Kuchukova does not think her student, Ravil Izhmukhametov, [02:19.88]is ready yet for making such a trip every school day. [02:26.12]"I feel sorry for him," she says. "His parents don't want to leave (Sibilyakovo) yet [02:32.06]and it's scary to send a little boy like him over the Irtysh. There are such big waves." [02:41.24]Izhmukhametov's parents are farmers and have farm animals. [02:46.56]However, they do not want their son to stay in the village when he grows up. [02:54.20]"Our eldest children live in the city and we're happy about that," said the boy's father. [03:00.79]Nine-year-old Ravil says he has no interest in moving to the city, [03:06.83]but that he knows one day he will have no choice. [03:12.12]A reporter asked him what he thought about being the only student at the school. [03:18.08]Ravil said, "I've got nothing to compare it to, but of course [03:23.59]I'd like to have friends so I'm looking forward to going to the main school." [03:30.68]Kuchukova is sad that the school where she worked [03:34.20]for more than forty years will soon close its doors for good. [03:40.36]"Now it'll stand there just like in the neighboring villages, [03:44.58]not needed by anyone, while people in the city can't find places for their children [03:51.12]at kindergarten and are queuing up from the moment they're born," she said. [03:58.40]And even when she herself finally retires and goes to live in Tara, [04:04.68]Kuchukova will not leave her past behind. [04:09.09]She said, "My parents are buried here, a part of me is here. [04:15.99]We'll spend every remembrance-day here [04:19.25]when people come to remember those who have passed away..." [04:24.60]I'm Caty Weaver. [04:25.92]更多聽力請訪問51VOA.COM 宁夏11选5推荐号码