‘Aajibaichi Shala’ Is India’s First School For Elder Women

Date: February 15, 2017

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When Bringham Young said ‘you educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation,‘ he never mentioned a woman’s age. If there’s a will to learn, a woman can gain as much knowledge she can at 16, at 60, if she decides to.

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The school, Aajibaichi Shala, was started on the occasion of International Women’s Day and is the first school for grandmothers. Like other schools, this school too has set a certain age limit for its students. To get enrolled here, a woman must have completed at least 60 years of age. Located in Phangane village of the Thane district, Maharashtra, the school has a total of 28 students and their ages range from 60 – 90 years. The school is open for 2 hours every day from 4 – 6 pm and these grandmothers attend classes with much enthusiasm.