India’s school for elderly women celebrated its first anniversary on International Women’s Day last week, the AFP reports.
Aajibaichi Shala, which means “school for grannies,” is located in the Thane district of Maharashtra. It seeks to provide an education to women between the age of 60 and 90, who never learned to read or write when they were younger. While their brothers went to school, they stayed at home or worked, and most started their own families at young ages.
The school’s pupils also reported feeling ashamed of their illiteracy. “At the bank I used to have to give my thumb print every time,” 75-year-old Janabai Dajikedar told the AFP. “There was a stigma attached and I felt shame. Now I am proud to sign my name.”
Dressed in pink uniforms and toting matching satchels, the 29 students of Aajibaichi Shala study each day from 2-4 PM. They practice reading, writing, and simple arithmetic.
The 70 families who occupy the village are reportedly very supportive of the grannies’ educational ambitions. The elderly students are often dropped off at school each day — by their grandchildren.
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