TeachersSpecial- For nearly 20 years visually impaired Sant Kumar Sahni has been spreading the joy of learning in rural Bihar
Education September 14, 2020
5 September is celebrated as Teacher’s Day in India. Through this month we cast a spotlight on teachers with disabilities who are changing the lives of countless children. Today we bring you the story of Sant Kumar Sahni, Principal, Upgraded Middle School in rural Bihar.
In 2004, when Sant Kumar Sahni, with his recently acquired teaching degree, joined Upgraded Middle School at Kharmauli village in Begusarai, Bihar, there were four classrooms and 123 students.
“At the time this region was a hotbed of Naxal activity and locals were not interested in sending their children to school”, recalls Sahni, who was born with a partial vision impairment.
Today, 16 years later, the picture has changed. The school has 1,336 students, 30 classrooms, a science lab, a computer centre and a music room. It won the Best School Award for 2013 from Bihar Chief [...]