In the most endearing news segment today, 96-year-old Karthyayani Amma from Kerala has shown the nation the kind of will that literacy can conjure, by being selected as the Commonwealth of Learning Goodwill Ambassador, for India.
Amma became a household name in Kerala, when in November 2018 she achieved her first educational degree at the age of 96! This just goes to show that age no bar, really and that anything is possible, at any time, without the age factor being a big detriment! After her hard work and struggle to get herself an educational qualification, the grandmother from Neyyattinkara, Alappuzha district has been chosen to represent India as the Commonwealth of Learning Ambassador.
But this isn't all from Amma's book of life. Amma started off as a domestic worker before she turned her life completely around. She was the oldest woman to have appeared in the Kerala Literacy Mission's Akshara Laksham (million letters) literacy examination and she scored a total of 98 marks out of a 100. Her hard work and struggle to reach this pinnacle is an inspirational story in itself.
The one and only Commonwealth Learning Goodwill Ambassadorð. More Power to you dear Karthyayani Amma
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The Vice-President of Commonwealth of Learning, Balasubramanian visited Karthayayani Amma after she topped her Kerala Literacy Mission examination, as well and assured her that he story will inspire many, globally.
Karthyayani Amma, the unstoppable student at her 90s, is now Commonwealth of Learning's @COL4D Goodwill Ambassador. The aim of the initiative is to spread awareness about distance education and open learning among its 53 member nations. pic.twitter.com/xynt3CpM5C— Patron of the natural world (@BejoyKx) 20 January 2019
This is the kind of India we want to promote. Do we care for her caste, religion, region or any discriminating features? We love her and respect her unconditionally, for the person she is, the Indian she is. #Proudindian
Amma has definitely made us globally proud and we can't believe someone her age is sill unbelievably active and incredibly cognizant. While Amma prepares for her grade 4 examinations under the Akshara Laksham, we wish her all the luck the universe can conjure and wishes she passes her exams with flying colours.
While the Canada-based organisation does what it can to further the education in Commonwealth countries, we wish more people such as Amma come forward and willingly give literacy a fair chance.
Age is just a number.......!
Amazing will power, perseverance and quest to learn......!
96-year-old Karthyayani Amma becomes Commonwealth Goodwill Learning Ambassador https://t.co/W4mDl4BrnY