Teacher's Diary: The way a child from a village respects, loves & honours a teacher is unmatched
A teacher from rural India writes about her experiences of teaching students in villages. She mentions that the respect and affection which children in the rural hinterland have for their teachers is simply unmatched in an urban setting.
Savita Devi 15 Feb 2023 1:16 PM GMT
Madhavpur, Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh)
I was posted to this school in 2009, and if there is one thing I have learnt it is thatthe way a child from a village respects, loves and honours a teacher is unmatched. I doubt if anyone in fancy private schools can say the same.
For me, each day is a learning experience as much as it is for my students. I have so many takeaways from them. Their resilience, their respect, their unconditional love.
I had a visually challenged student called Pankaj. I held his hand and taught him to write his name first. I taught him to speak with confidence and clarity. And, organised a special educator to work with him. Today, he is studying at a college in Lucknow. And in all these years, he has not missed wishing me on even a single Teachers’ Day.
Every year on September 5, he calls me just to tell me that he is where he is because of the interest and care I showed him in primary school. Children from rural areas have that fire in the belly and acknowledge the role of a teacher. They never forget their roots and their culture. I have learnt a lot about respect and love from them.