Age is no bar when it comes to pursuing education. There’s another impeccable example justifying the statement. Rashmi Yadav, a 40-year-old woman in Balod district of Chhattisgarh, passed her class X exam on attempting it after a 23-year gap, as per reports.

Second Chance

Rashmi, a mother to a class VI boy, has been divorced for over a decade now. She was always doubtful about providing good education to her son since she herself wasn’t educated. NGO Pratham Education Foundation gave her an opportunity to resume her studies via its ‘second chance programme’. She used the opportunity, wrote the exams and scored second division results.

Rashmi, who is from Bhedia Navagaon village of Balod district, had completed her primary education at a school in Biretera but failed in Class X. Her parents didn’t give her a second chance and forcefully got her married. However, her marriage didn’t last long. When she got a divorce, her son was only one at the time.  Rashmi stayed with her parents for some years and was helped by her brother after the parents passed away.

However, she would get frustrated when she could not help her son with his studies. That’s when she realised the importance of education. A ray of hope entered her life when she learnt about Pratham’s Second Chance Program. She then enrolled herself as a student at the BhediaNavagaon cluster in the region.

Age No Bar

Rashmi appeared for the 10th-grade examination in Chhattisgarh open board of secondary education. To her delight, she scored 47% marks. She aims to work further and has attended the employment awareness session to explore opportunities after 10th grade. “I want to study more and become self-dependent and progress in life,” she told TOI.
Nooryaseem Khan, state coordinator of Pratham Education Foundation, told TOI that the program caters to school dropouts, mainly girls and women. They lend support for their completion of Class X examination. The program currently runs in nine states, namely Maharashtra, Odisha, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh.
Earlier in March, 44-year-old Rajni Bala from Ludhiana appeared for her class X board examination along with her son. She continued her studies almost after thirty years. Certainly, there’s no limit to gaining knowledge!
Bhawana is an intern with SheThePeople.TV
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