In a career spanning over two decades, Mishra has not just helped his students to learn the right way and become better human beings but has also revolutionized the outlook of education in his region.
His initial encounter at a government school in Odisha’s Koraput district in 1998 altered the course of his career. On his first day, he found only two students in the entire school. Shocked, but not demoralized, he decided to take those two younglings under his wings. He started taking care of their food, shelter and of course education.
And the result was astounding. The village saw its first matriculate youth.
The abject state of primary education where students from classes 8 and 9 couldn’t do the basics like addition, subtraction, multiplication or divide, prompted him to think on his heels and co-author Transit 1 for Class 8 and Transit 2 for Class 9, which helped students clear basic fundamental concepts in 60 days.
The national award-winning teacher, Omprakash Mishra has performed many such Drona deeds throughout his career, of course asking for only unblemished attention of his subjects in return.
To make the life easier for the teachers and students alike, in the tribal schools, he wrote ‘Experimento’ which helps teachers replicate science experiments in the syllabus with the means available to them.
In a very touching yet though-provoking message for teachers, Mishra says, “If you are a true teacher, there are three things you must keep in mind. Firstly, a good teacher is the one who reaches the level of the students to teach them, communicates easily and simplifies the most complex concepts. Second, learning is not a one-way street. Be vibrant and connect your examples to real-life situations. Lastly, help them learn to live together. Values are important. Every student may or may not become a doctor, engineer, teacher or class one officer. But they could become better individuals who respect and live in harmony if shown how to.”