Sunday, July 17, 2011
BABAR ALI = YOUNGEST PRINCIPAL OF INDIA
What started off as childs play took the shape of a school on October 29, 2002. At the tender age of 9, with a little help from his parents, Babar set up a room to teach on his ancestral land.
Ali says, When I was in Class 5 I started this school with 8 students¡it has been a long journey since then,,from 8 students we have almost 600 students now
But getting 600 students to enroll was no easy task. In this hamlet, abject poverty means education is a luxury few can afford. So Babar makes sure that the education at his school is absolutely free.
Today the school has classes from 1 to 8 and a staff strength of 10 including 5 teachers aged between 13 and 18, students themselves of classes 9th to 12th.
There are some hard realities that Babar faces even today. The government provides funds for the midday meal and books till class 4. For other expenses he has to depend on donations from well wishers¡which is never enough.
Ali says, We still do not have a school building.
Plans are many, so are the hardships. But Babar knows that all these years, running the school has never been a burden on his young shoulders.