In an act of kindness, a man from Jharkhand, a retired school teacher, has been giving free education to the children of poor tribals in his village in East Singhbhum district. Sohda Sabar, who was a teacher at the Scheduled Tribe Residential Girls High School in Chaibasa district, retired in February.
Most of us tend to spend our days relaxing and doing nothing upon retiring. After years of hard work, we want to rest to the fullest. However, Sohda Sabar is not like us. The Jharkhand man, who has struggled in life, has decided to provide free education to the children against all odds.
Sabar, upon returning home, was bothered as he saw the children in his village roaming around and wasting time the entire day. When he tried to reason with their parents, their reaction shocked him.
“They said, ‘what will the children do in school if they have to become farmers?’ I decided to do something to change their mindset,” he said.
In his early days, Sabar had had to struggle to complete his education and get a job. He knew how important education was.
However, Sabar managed to convince their parents to send their children to him for basic education. With more children coming in gradually, Sabar now has 36 children in his class.
Sabar had had to struggle in his life and had to even work as a daily wage labourer to deposit his college fees. “I did not want children of my village to face similar circumstances,” The New Indian Express quoted Sabar as saying.
Sabar’s niece Nilima, who is pursuing her B.Ed, helps him in his pursuit. Initially, he had to spend from his savings to provide reading materials. Now, however, people are coming forward to help him. His efforts have been appreciated by local public representatives.
“Lobin Sabar has succeeded in igniting interest towards education among the children and creating awareness among their parents,” said village head, Sukurmani Hembrom.