Khukumani Tudu, a 20-year-old girl from Birbhum district of West Bengal, has become the first Higher Secondary passout in her Meteldanga village.
“I want to study more and have resolved not to quit midway. I want to be a graduate and teach in a school,” Khukumani said.
The history of 150 years
This is not the first time that Khukumani has scripted history. In 2016, two boys and two girls had passed the Madhyamik (Class X) from Meteldanga village. This happened for the first time in the village’s history of 150 years. Khukumani was among these two girls. While the other girl, Sumi Maddi, got married in Jharkhand state, Khukumani continued her studies. The other two boys, Saheb Maddi and Mangal Murmu went to other states in search of work.
“Khukumani would be felicitated and helped to pursue further studies,” Supriya Das, the sub-divisional officer said
In Madhyamik, Khukumani scored 33% while in her higher secondary, she managed to score a bit above 50%. In her village, Mallarpur Naisuva, an NGO, started a pre-primary school in 2001, which later took the shape of Shishu Shiksha Kendra. A villager donated his land for the cause of education in the village.
Khukumani’s father is a marginal farmer. Her elder brother, Bindu Tudu like most others is a school dropout but he wants her sister to study further.
“We will try our best to provide the expenses of my sister’s education. But it will be helpful if we get some aid,” says Khukumani’s brother.
Recently, two UK and Canada-based NGOs adopted four girls of Barundi village of Punjab after looking at their excellent performance and poor family background.
Initiatives like these go a long way towards the cause of education. We wish Khukumani all the best in her future endeavours.
Udisha Srivastav is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv