Photos: Inspiring! Grannies go to school in Maharashtra
Mar 08, 2017, 06:02 IST
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The Aajibaichi Shala, or grandmothers' school, is perhaps the only one in India for uneducated, elderly women. Set up by a charitable trust and Yogendra Bangar, a teacher at the village's primary school, the school teaches the women to read and write, and basic arithmetic. All pics/AFP
The opening day was celebrated like a festival, with entire families accompanying the women to their first day of school, More said. Since then, classes have been moved to a purpose-built hut in her backyard, in the shade of a large mango tree.
After the prayer and roll call, they recited the alphabet. Some practised writing in their notebooks and their slates, their bangles clinking as they focused on their letters. Others chatted among themselves and giggled.
Indian grandmother Nirmala Kedar, 64, reading the Marathi alphabets in a class at Aajibaichi Shala, or "school for grannies" in the local Marathi language, in Phangane village in Maharashtra state's Thane district, some 125km northeast of Mumbai.
Deprived of an education as children, the women -- most of whom are widows and aged between 60 and 90 -- are finally fulfilling a life-long dream to become literate through this unique initiative near Mumbai