The very inspiring 96-year-old Karthyayani Amma from Kerala, who grabbed headlines after becoming the oldest ever candidate to appear for the Kerala Literacy Mission’s Akshara Laksham (Million Letters) literacy exam in August last year, has gone global. Now she has been selected as the Commonwealth of Learning Goodwill Ambassador, according to a report by Mathrubhumi. She topped the qualifying Class IV exam with a whopping 98 per cent score.

About Amma

Karthyayani Amma Krishnapillai hails from the Muttom village in Alappuzha. She is a part of the Commonwealth of Learning which is aimed at promoting distance education in the member countries. The Commonwealth of Learning is an intergovernmental organisation.

Amma’s spirited story will now be featured in the journals published by the Commonwealth of Learning across the world.

Praising her determination and unstoppable nature, Commonwealth of Learning Vice President, Balasubramanian said that her story is extraordinary and her achievements will now be featured in the journals published in various countries. The President recently visited Amma and got familiar with her learning methods.

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After clearing her literacy test, Amma has set her next aim to clear the Class X equivalent. “I am delighted to clear the examination with high marks. I would like to continue my studies,” she told The Hindu, last year.

She got lessons from her great-grandchildren, 12-year-old Aparna and nine-year-old Anjana. “In our days, women never went to school. When my younger daughter Amminiamma qualified in the tenth equivalent examination in 2016, I took it as a challenge,” she said.

Karthyayani amma is eager to learn English in the next term. “My great grandchildren are studying in an English medium school. I also want to learn English,” she said. In the meantime, she has also started learning computer, on a laptop which was gifted to her by the Kerala Education Minister.

We salute Karthyayani amma for her grit and achievement!

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