Maharashtra school for grandmas opening doors many thought closed
Tribune Online Report

The Aajibaichi Shala School in the Thane district of Maharashtra does not admit typical students, as it enrolls grandmothers aged from 60 to 90.

  • The school gives the opportunity for education to many elderly women who thought they had already missed their chance 
    Photo- Hindustan Times

There are many women that feel wronged by history, having been deprived of opportunities that their male counterparts took for granted. However, a school in Maharashtra is paving the way for some of these wrongs to be righted, albeit belatedly.

The school opened on March 8, 2016 - Women's Day - by local zilla parishad teacher and activist Yogendra Bangar in colaboration with the Motiram Dalal Charitable Trust.

“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,” said Bangar, quoted by the Hindustan Times.

Students learning their alphabets at the school Times of India

The school gives the opportunity for education to many women who thought they had already missed their chance.

Sitabai Deshmukh, the oldest student of the school at the age of 90, told the Hindustan Times: “Never in my long life had I thought I would get a chance to go to a school

“When I was young, my family was poor and girls didn’t have the chance to go to schools. I have had a new life for the last year.”

The school moved to a new and larger venue on India's Republic Day this year, Thursday January 26, much to the delight of its enthusiastic senior students. 

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