It’s never too late to chase your dreams. If an elderly woman can achieve her lifelong dream of reading and writing, what’s stopping us? Nada! Today, we have Kuttiyamma, who has shattered stereotypes that the elderly are unable to pursue an education due to their age.
Kuttiyamma, who hails from Kerala has achieved her goal of reading and writing at the age of 104. Don’t stop her now, folks!
Blessed with a sharp mind, she spends nearly two hours reading the newspaper to keep up with what’s going on around the world. But it is only in recent months that she has been able to fulfil this dream of hers after she finally began reading and writing.
Kuttiyamma said, “I used to ask the younger generation at home to read the newspapers to me on several occasions since I couldn’t read the news.
“I’ve always wanted to write my name and address on a piece of paper,” she continued.
She grew up in rural India and comes from a low-caste household with no opportunity for education, according to the guardian. “I was always interested in what was going around the world,” she remarked.
All of her worries were soothed when her neighbour, Rehana John who happens to be a literacy teacher persuaded her to start to read and write. Kuttiyamma will be ready at her house every evening with her textbook, notes, and pencils before Rehana arrives to teach her.
The inspiring grandma boldly opted to take the Kerala state elementary literacy exam after months of classes. With all of her passion and dedication, she successfully achieved 89% in literacy and 100% in mathematics. (Wow!) Even the State Education Minister praised Kuttiyamma through his Twitter platform.
Now Kuttiyamma has set on to take the fourth standard examination which involves Malayalam, English, Environment and Mathematics papers. “I will try to achieve 100% marks in the equivalency examination for all papers.” she confidently said.