What’s the most a teacher can do to ensure that a school does not stop imparting quality education to the students? Probably, making it his or her home for the rest of the life.
78-year-old Beula Gabriel did just that. She sold her house to make sure the uninterrupted functioning of a school. And not just any school. Beula started St Joseph’s Secondary School 25 years ago in Hyderabad’s East Marredpally. The school welcomed first-generation schoolgoers who were denied admission elsewhere. The children of househelps, rickshaw pullers, labourers and watchmen, then later went on to achieve big things with an even bigger attitude.
Its current lot of 300 students pay a token amount as fee or in as in most cases, study free of cost. There is no entrance test as such but an understanding process is administered to gauge their level of learning and cater to their needs accordingly. Apart from the nominal fee incurred on the students, most of the funds for school come from the good samaritans of the society.
“Teachers are game changers. They are the sculptors who mould the minds of students to greatness. They can be the North Star that guides generations to reach their goals. You are not preparing them for exams, you are preparing them for life. So arm them with those skills for life and build citizens with the highest moral values for the country.”, a glowing 78 years old Beula says.