You Might Find These Students Clad In Pink Sarees More Happening Than Anyone Else
There is still some good around. Some good is still happening because there are hearts which still beat for others. There are some hearts which are unmoved by the age constraints, which want to wear a uniform, go to school, live their childhood dreams. The dreams which were shattered by their poor status.
Dressed in pink sarees, 27 grannies, aged 60 to 90, sit together to learn to write, read, and multiply. Aajibaichi Shala is a school for grannies in Thane district who wanted to study.
Sitabai Deshmukh, 90, is the oldest student at the school who goes to the school with her granddaughter. The kid expresses her happiness saying, “We have fun studying together”.
Shital More is the only teacher at the one-room school. She tells, “My mother-in-law attends the school and my husband, Prakash More, has donated land for the new venue, so this school is very much close to my heart”.
Dilip Dalal, founder of Motiram Dalal Charitable Trust, which helped co-found the school with local Zila Parishad teacher and activist, Yogendra Bangar.
“I started this school after one of the grandmothers said to me that she wished she could read at least the holy books. That’s when I felt the need to do this”.
He doesn’t accept any donation and pays for all the utilities from his pocket. For him, the project is like his own baby, and he is quite overwhelmed to see the excitement and participation of grandmothers in the pursuit of learning.