Teachers not only help students in their studies but also play an instrumental role in helping them gain the correct perspective towards life. Some of them sacrifice their own happiness and comfort to bring smiles to the faces of their students. Want to read about such great teachers who believe in going an extra mile for their students?

1. A Selvakumari

A Selvakumari is a teacher at Perunthalaivar Kamarajar Government Higher Secondary School in Ambattur, Chennai. Guess what she did to reward her students’ hard work? She used a portion of her savings to take two of her students to Coimbatore by air. Two of her students H Yamuna and P Saranya scored full marks in social science in Class X board exams. Interestingly, both the meritorious girls belong to economically-backwards families and had never boarded a plane before.

2. Jemimah Marak

Marak quit her job as a school teacher to start The 100 Story House, a rustic children’s library in 2016. Being an insurgency-ridden part of the country, the library serves as a positive outlet for the children of this disturbed region. She has been raising funds to buy a minivan so that she can transport children to-and-from her library in the disturbed region of the Garo Hills in Meghalaya. The library has become a space where children of different ages and communities can get together. Her aim is to spread the reading movement to other places in the region. She wants to get children from villages reading and to provide them with a space to come together and share information.

3. Group of teachers in Chittoor

A timely intervention by this group of teachers’ helped in thwarting the wedding of their 15-year-old student. The girl is a resident of Narasimhapalle hamlet of Thavanampalle mandal. Her parents were employed as farm labourers. She had not been coming to the municipal high school at Santhapeta in Chittoor district for some time. Curious to know the reason, the girl’s class teacher tried to interrogate the classmates but they didn’t reply. They got to know about her wedding, informed the concerned authorities who stopped the wedding from taking place and helped her resume her studies.

4. Annapurna from Tamil Nadu

Annapurna who teaches English to Class 3 in a government school in Villupuram Tamil Nadu wanted to provide her students of a Panchayat Union Primary School (PUPS) world-class facilities to learn. She self-funded the remodelling of her classroom by selling her jewellery in 2017. She uses interactive techniques like using phonetics to introduce her students to new words.  Her students can speak crisp and clear English and that too pretty fluently.

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5. Sabbah Haji

Sabbah Haji has been working tirelessly with kids in Jammu and Kashmir in a village called Breswana. She is the director of the nine-year-old Haji Public School. Most of the children in her school are first-generation English speakers. Still, she strives hard to provide quality of education to them. She also struggles hard with the problem of finding good teachers.

The Amarnath riots that had broken out compelled her to return to Kashmir where her parents were living. She felt that providing good quality education was essential to have a tangible and sustained impact in the region.”

In an interview with SheThePeople.TV, she had said,“The children in our school have very little exposure to the outside world, but we want to expand right up till class XII so that we can guide them all through the way and make them a little street smart for the outside world.  We are keeping our eyes out for exceptionally bright students whom we hope to fund through their college years as well.”

The aforementioned teachers are an asset to the society. It is because of their constant encouragement and support of such teachers that students perform well in their studies and in life.

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