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Monday, October 3, 2016

Inspiration-At Age 9, He Would Come Back from School and Teach Less Privileged Kids in His Village



At nine, when most kids cannot even do their own homework, Babar started a school of his own and became probably the youngest headmaster in the world.A nine-year-old took the responsibility of teaching whatever he learnt in his own school to other kids who were not fortunate enough to get an education. Here’s what happened.Babar Ali was nine when, one day, while returning from his school, he saw a few kids working in the fields. The next day too, he saw that the kids were not in school but helping their parents at the farm by doing odd jobs.

“I realised they had never attended school due to lack of finances. Plus, our village didn’t have good schools. Even I used to travel about 10 kms up and down every day to attend school,” recalls Babar Ali, who is from Murshidabad in West Bengal.Babar would take broken pieces of chalk from his school after classes, and use terracotta tiles at home to make a blackboard. He didn’t require any fancy resources to run his school; all he needed was his students’ passion to study.The students too, enjoyed their young teacher’s classes. As they did not have any resources like pens, pencils, notebooks, or even a syllabus, they used newspapers as reading material. “I just wanted to impart education somehow. I didn’t care about the syllabus, I thought if they learn any small thing, it will be an achievement,” says Babar, who was quite a thinker.

Gradually, Babar’s school became more popular and more students started joining him in his backyard. “Sometimes, I would not even have lunch, I would just come back from school and directly start teaching them,” he says. As he saw the kids regularly attending his school, he took a few half-used notebooks from a ragpicker for his students.To convince their parents to send them to his school, he would collect some rice from his relatives and give it to the parents — such was this nine-year-old’s dedication to impart education! He would also organise various activities like sports, dance and music to make school more fun for the students.Babar never skipped going to his own school, since he replicated everything he learnt there in his own school.

“My school is run completely by volunteers. I don’t charge anything from the kids and I am also unable to pay anything to the teachers. It is only a passion towards education that is binding us all together,” he says.

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