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Blackboard Warriors Of India

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Babar Ali

Most of us aspire to become someone successful by making enough wealth to settle and make peace with our goals in life. However, there are special souls who dedicate their life in enlightening the minds and souls of other people by imparting knowledge and wisdom. These special souls think about making world a better place.

One such special soul is Babar Ali who was titled ‘The Youngest Headmaster in the world’ by BBC in the year 2009, when he was just sixteen years old. Babar Ali hails from Murshidabad, West Bengal. He is pursuing Masters in English Literature.

He is a student himself, yet believes in teaching students with all his might. Babar’s teaching journey began at the tender age of 9 in his backyard, which was later named ‘Ananda Shiksha Niketan’ which meant Home of Happy Schooling. His school today is a decade old and a happy place for 800 children with ten teachers who voluntarily come over to teach. 

Ananda Shiksha Niketan is situated in Murshidabad, West Bengal and educates students with zero tuition fees. This school concentrates on increasing the literacy rate in the nearby areas and villages. Students travel a long way from places around the school, to seek education. This successful thought of Babar Ali, gets his students free rice at the end of every month.

Babar has taught over 3,000 students in the last 14 years. He is a staunch believer and follower of the great teacher, Swami Vivekananda. Babar Ali has bagged awards for, famous media platforms in CNN IBN, NDTV as well as from BBC Knowledge.

He has also won special awards from Rotary India Literacy Mission and Forbes India. He is one of the most loved teachers and his achievements have echoed in a curriculum in Europe, Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) syllabus for 10th grade in India and in Pre-University English textbooks in Karnataka.

He is also a TED Fellow and an INK Fellow. He is also considered to be a renowned INK conference speaker. Babar has traveled to Europe and Singapore to deliver inspiring speeches.

Babar Ali is one among the great teachers who believes in teaching as a passion than a profession. One of his greatest achievements is that, six of his students have taken up teaching with heart and soul to embark and impart knowledge to every student around who seeks guidance.

In today’s world, we need such teachers who work towards making world a better place to live by reaching out to people who strive for education. This Teachers day, we salute to all great teachers who have surrendered their life to students in making them better citizens of our country!

20 Sep, 17

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