As it is rightly said – Age knows no bar – there is certainly no age to learn. India has just seen its oldest student i.e. Karthyayani Amma. This 96-year-old lady is a pure illustration of never-ending passion. Irrespective of her age, Amma became the oldest student to appear for Kerala Literacy Mission’s Akshara Lakshman literacy exam, where she aced the exam, scoring 98 marks out of 100.
Considering such an enthusiasm, recently, Karthyayani Amma set another milestone - appointment as the Goodwill Ambassador for Commonwealth of Learning and all set to represent the country. Commonwealth of Learning, is an excellent initiative which further aims to promote distance education and make individuals aware of open learning.
Formerly served as a domestic worker, Amma belongs to Neyyattinkara [District: Alappuzha], Kerala. Her daughter was the reason behind she getting back to books at the age of 90 and started with her education. Her interest and intelligence further made her enroll in the program and that she performed exceptionally well in the area of studies. Also, one cannot ignore her really good mathematical and reading skills.
Lately, Mr. Balasubramanian – Vice President: Commonwealth of Learning, paid a visit and ensured Amma that her story will be published across the Commonwealth countries and the inspiration will be spread globally.
On the personal front, Amma is currently preparing for further examinations and she aims to ace Class 10th with fair grades. There is no such age bar wherein an individual cannot start with their dreams. Amma has also been offered with a laptop by the Kerala Education Minister. Along with her preparations, Amma has begun with learning yet another new skill, i.e. working on a laptop. Soon she will be proficient in technical skills too. Such enthusiasm from this 96-year-old lady, is way ahead than inspiration.
India is extremely proud of Amma for her remarkable work and wishes her all the best for representing the country as Goodwill Ambassador of Commonwealth of Learning- the organization is doing outstanding work in terms of promoting education. We wish to see more such Amma’s come forward to fulfill their dreams and achieve literacy.