The Covid-19 pandemic has hampered the adult literacy programme too, but that did not hinder the learning for 65-year-old Dhanabakiyam Ammal in Tiruchy.
Kothamangalam government elementary school headmistress Chitra Rani, from whom Dhanabakiyam took regular classes, said, “Unlike many others, Dhanabakiyam was very keen. She has retired from her employment as an Anganwadi worker. She used to place her thumb impression to get her pension and said she always wanted to sign her name one day. When we invited her to join the literacy programme, she showed great interest.”
While Dhanabakiyam said she always wanted to learn, she couldn’t find time. As she got old, she thought it was too late. However, when the headmistress approached her, she said she jumped at the opportunity.