• What’s age got to do with education? Students in class at Aajibaichi Shala about 150km off Mumbai. Photo: Asia Times/Anusha Venkat
    What’s age got to do with education? Students in class at Aajibaichi Shala about 150km off Mumbai. Photo: Asia Times/Anusha Venkat
  • Sitabai Deshmukh, the oldest student of Aajibaichi Shala at 90, with her granddaughter Diksha Deshmukh. Photo: Asia Times/Anusha Venkat
    Sitabai Deshmukh, the oldest student of Aajibaichi Shala at 90, with her granddaughter Diksha Deshmukh. Photo: Asia Times/Anusha Venkat
  • Aajibaichi Shala will celebrate its first anniversary on March 8, International Women’s Day. Photo: Asia Times/Anusha Venkat
    Aajibaichi Shala will celebrate its first anniversary on March 8, International Women’s Day. Photo: Asia Times/Anusha Venkat
  • What’s in a name? Kanatabai Laxman More writes her own name and calls it a matter of pride. Photo: Asia Times/Anusha Venkat
    What’s in a name? Kanatabai Laxman More writes her own name and calls it a matter of pride. Photo: Asia Times/Anusha Venkat
  • Clay tablets that are used for learning the alphabet at Aajibaichi Shala. Photo: Asia Times/Anusha Venkat
    Clay tablets that are used for learning the alphabet at Aajibaichi Shala. Photo: Asia Times/Anusha Venkat
  • Some of the grandmothers at their school in Phagane, 150km southeast of India’s financial capital of Mumbai. Photo: Asia Times/Anusha Venkat
    Some of the grandmothers at their school in Phagane, 150km southeast of India’s financial capital of Mumbai. Photo: Asia Times/Anusha Venkat
  • Janabai Daji Kedar (left) learns to write her own name at the Aajibaichi Shala along with another student. Photo: Asia Times/Anusha Venkat
    Janabai Daji Kedar (left) learns to write her own name at the Aajibaichi Shala along with another student. Photo: Asia Times/Anusha Venkat
  • Better late than never: For these grannies who were shamed several times for not being able to write their names, education is now a matter of dignity. Photo: Asia Times/Anusha Venkat
    Better late than never: For these grannies who were shamed several times for not being able to write their names, education is now a matter of dignity. Photo: Asia Times/Anusha Venkat
  • Each tree bears the name of one of the granny students at Aajibaichi Shala in Phagane, India. Photo: Asia Times/Anusha Venkat
    Each tree bears the name of one of the granny students at Aajibaichi Shala in Phagane, India. Photo: Asia Times/Anusha Venkat

It’s never too late to learn

Newfound literacy for 30 grandmothers has reaped rewards for not only themselves but their entire community

March 8, 2017 1:56 PM (UTC+8)
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