You must have heard people saying – ‘Ab is umar mein nahi hoga’ (won’t be able to do this at this age) or ‘Ab umar chali gayi’ (The age has passed). Whether it is about pursuing passion or learning something new or merely living a free-spirited life, a lot of older adults hold reservations in terms of leading their lives. However, according to a report by a leading publication, this 105-year-old lady from Kerala broke all stereotypes when she enrolled to take class 4 examination and showed us that learning indeed knows no age.
Bhageerathi Amma was 9, when she dropped out of school to take care of her younger siblings, post which, she got married and got occupied in her routines. After her husband’s death in her mid-thirties, Amma was left to take care of 4 daughters and 2 sons and thus her dream to complete her education remained unfulfilled.
But as they say, ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way.’ When officials of Kerala State Literacy Mission reached out to Bhageerathi, her happiness knew no bounds. She not only enrolled to take up the examination, but appeared for all tests with preparation and enthusiasm.
“She has appeared in all the exams and is a real motivation for others who wish to learn,” said CK Pradeep Kumar, district co-ordinator of State Literary Mission.
On Tuesday, November 19th, Bhageerathi Amma created history by appearing as the oldest learner in the state for 4th standard equivalency examination.
Last year it was Karthiyani Amma of the Alappuzha district in Kerala, who scored 98 per cent and broke records of being the oldest learner in ‘Aksharalaksham’ literacy programme test of Kerala State Literacy Mission.
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Women like Bhageerathi and Karthiyani are undoubtedly an inspiration for many who feel age holds them back.
These women restore our faith in optimism by telling us that there certainly is no age for learning or pursuing something you always wanted to do. They tell us with perseverance and a positive mindset you can achieve anything and anytime. Studies also suggest that older adults who follow their passions and hobbies have less chances to fall prey to depression, anxiety or addictions and lead a healthy life.
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