Barmer district in Rajasthan is a rather wonderful little oasis in the desert state. It is here where senior citizens of India are quietly setting an example that when it comes to seeking knowledge, age really is no bar.
You see, in this district, the elderly, who had to drop out of school when they were children, sit next to young boys and girls and take the Class 10 and Class 12 exams themselves.
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For instance, Bachchu Khan, the Derasar sarpanch who according to a report in Times of India, is appearing for Class 10 exams along with his friends Ishaq Khan and Roshan Khan. They have no qualms sitting next to children who are decades younger than them in order to pursue their own dreams and also set the right example for the future generations.
Another heartwarming story that was detailed in the report belongs to Bhoor Singh, a 62-year-old man from Agoria of Nimbla gram panchayat in Udaipur district. He already has taken his Class 10 exams under the State Open Exam and had scored 50%. Now, he is taking the Class 12 exams.
Having had to quit studies for personal reasons back in the ’70s, this father of six (four daughters and two sons) often sits with his own children and studies along with them. He has made sure his own children would not be denied of basic education with one of his daughters currently in Class 9 and his son in Class 8. Incidentally, Bhoor was also in Class 8 when he quit school in 1971.
But he’s back now and is keen on ensuring that this opportunity for education doesn’t slip yet again.