The National Award to Teachers is a prestigious award given by the President of India on September 5 every year. It is meant to honour and recognise the work of exceptional teachers in primary, middle and secondary schools across the country. Every year, the list includes inspiring teachers who have succeeded in ensuring good quality education for children despite massive hurdles.
Here is a look at the amazing work done by some of the winners this year:
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This Mumbai-resident is an assistant teacher at Prabhadevi municipal school. He has been a teacher for the past 26 years and has transformed many students. He devised his own methods to teach Maths after realising that children were not able to understand many topics when teaching the traditional way. He has also written Maths textbooks. But that’s not all; he works with an NGO to give free coaching in Maths to children from underprivileged families in Thane. He is also the principal of Adarsh Night School.
Dolly Henry is the principal of Vani Vidyalaya, a government-aided school in Mumbai, where she has been teaching for the past 30 years. She conducts conferences for teachers, seminars for parents, and value-based sex education workshops for students.
Shantaram Bhopal Jogale:
Shantaram Bhopal Jogale a physical education teacher at Government Kannada Medium High School in Kabbur village of Belagavi district in Karnataka, wants to take five disabled children to the awards function instead of his family. He told The Hindu that he has been engaged in improving the living conditions of disabled students from poor families for a long time now. He ensures that they benefit from various government schemes while also arranging healthcare services, textbooks and other study material for them.
H.P Devaraju joined a primary school in Channarayapatna, Karnataka, as a teacher in 1979. During his tenure, he managed to readmit 50 dropouts in this school. The students went on to do really well in life, and called to congratulate him for the award. But not many of them know that he himself had dropped out of school in Class 7 after his mother passed away. He was coaxed by his teacher to rejoin and complete his higher education.
Baljeet Kaur, the officiating principal of South Delhi Municipal Corporation’s Pratibha School, has been recognised for her efforts to minimise the dropout rate and ensure a steady attendance record. “I was given the task to manage the school and I took this as an opportunity for social work along with the job,”she told The Times of India.
R C Parvathamma:
Thirteen years ago, when R C Parvathamma joined the government lower primary school in Kathan Nagar slum, Bengaluru, it was operating out of a shed and had a sparse number of students. She was desperate and thought of getting a transfer but couldn’t ignore the plight of students there. She raised money through donations to construct a building with functional toilets for the school. It now boasts of proper benches and desks along with computer facilities.
The award includes a medal, certificate, and a cash prize of Rs. 50,000. It is handed out on Teachers’ Day every year.
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