Manipur Youth Sets Up School For Elderly People

Picture Courtesy: The Northeastern Chronicle

A new school in Manipur has been conducting classes for senior citizens. This school is situated in Chatric Khullen village of Manipur which is lead by Gemson Haorei Trust.

The education project for the elders is an initiative of a Young man who returned from Delhi due to the pandemic.

As per sources, this project is initiated by Sorinthan Haorei, who is also the founder of Gemson Haorei Trust.

Earlier this year, Haorei founded Oasis Academy for children up to Class VII, and in May, extended the learning scope in the school up to 20 adult learners.

Interestingly, his grandmother, a 70 year old, is also a student here in the school.

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The elderly students are now learning numerals from one to 1,000, alphabets, and how to write their names as part of their syllabus.

Notably, for many of the elders in this special school, the forthcoming exam will be the first one of their lives.

Sorithan said, “Most of the elders here did not receive basic education when they were young. The highest one of them had studied up to was Class IV. But education was not the only reason this school was set up. They (the elders) are involved in agricultural activities and most live away from their families. So another reason we took this up was to provide a platform for socialization, to keep their mental health up in times like these.”

The Covid-19 has undoubtedly made life worse for people, but it has also given us heroes like Sorithan Haorei who have been working for noble cause amid the crisis.

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