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'Ajibainchi Shala' a special school for Grandmothers

  • Grandmothers, Special School, pink saree, Ajibainchi Shala
    Aajibaichi Shala is a school for grandmothers in Thane district, Maharashtra.

    Dressed in bright pink saris, the grannies all sit together in a single classroom and learn to write, read and multiply, all in Marathi.

  • Grandmothers, Special School, pink saree, Ajibainchi Shala
    An elderly village woman above 60 years age at a special school in Fangane village in Maharashtra

    The school was opened on March 8, 2016, Women’s Day. It’s 27 grannies are aged 60 to 90. On Republic Day this year, they moved to a new, bigger plot.

  • Grandmothers, Special School, pink saree, Ajibainchi Shala
    “Never in my long life had I thought I would get a chance to go to a school,” Sitabai says.

    Sitabai Deshmukh, 90, is the oldest student at the school. Her youngest granddaughter, eight-year-old Anushka, sometimes walks with her to the class.

  • Grandmothers, Special School, pink saree, Ajibainchi Shala
    60-year-old Kanta More walks down to her school every morning

    On Republic Day, Thursday, the school moved to a new venue with bigger space and a garden, which made the grannies happy.

  • Grandmothers, Special School, pink saree, Ajibainchi Shala
    Elderly village women, all above 60 years age, entering a special school for grandmothers

    Elderly village women, all above 60 years age, entering a special school for grandmothers

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