Nurjahan enrolled in class I of Phoolkoli Bidyaniketan on January 23.
In these few days, Nurjahan has become the favorite classmate of 200 students in that class. Her grandchildren Saiful Islam, Mushfiqur Rahman and Mim Manpal are also in this school.
Headmaster Nizam Uddin, who himself is two years younger than his oldest student, said: “We are teaching Nurjahan with care. She has manged to bond well with the other students.”
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Every morning, Nurjahan walks to school with her grandchildren[/caption]
When asked what motivated Nurjahan to begin studying again, she said: “I have worked as a midwife for 30 years. I also took training from several organisations. They motivated me to start my education and promised me a good job afterward.”
There has never been any school in Monpal village where she grew up, Nurjahan said. She got married at a very young age.
“When my grandchildren started going to school, it made me want to start learning,” she added.
Nurjahan however was facing problems studying because of poor vision. Doctors have told her she needs to have a cataract surgery, which she cannot afford.
Delwar Hossain, the primary education officer of Laksham upazila, said the Social Services Department or the Office of Women's Affairs could finance Nurjahan's treatment.
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Nurjahan Begum with her primary school classmates in front of Phoolkoli Bidyaniketan[/caption]
Delwar said: “Continuing education at this age is an exceptional feat, we wish her all the success.”
Comilla Civil Surgeon Dr Mojibur Rahman said: “If Nurjahan contacts the eye hospital in Comilla's Akhachar for the cataract surgery, they might give her some medical assistance.”
School committee Vice-President M Masudul Haque said: “Nurjahan is very determined about her education, therefore we have waived her tuition fee.”