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Mr. Babar Ali,

Founder, Ananda Siksha Niketan

Teacher & Social Worker, India

Mr. Babar Ali is the headmaster of an afternoon school, “Ananda siksha Niketan”. There are 800 students studying in this school, all from poor families, and all taught for free. Babar Ali has won many awards for his initiative and work. Like, CNN IBN has given him “Real Heroes award” and declared as “The Youngest Headmaster in the World” by the BBC at the age of sixteen.

We read the chapters of a book, but becoming a chapter in a book, is like a dream come true. The person can do anything with firm determination illustrate. Yes, this line is true. In this article, we are going to tell you the story of a man “Babar Ali”, whose dream is to make India’s children have access to quality education, despite their economic backgrounds. 

          Babar Ali was born in Murshidabad, West Bengal on 18th March 1993. Mr Ali used to travel 10 km everyday- 8km by bus and 2 km on foot to reach his school. A nine year old kid observed that some of his friends work as wage workers and do not able to study like him. He decided needs to do something for them and he bring a school for those who cannot afford the education. By education, they would be able to uplift their lives.

          One day while playing he started his school in his backyard of his house with 8 children. This game turned to passion, and this passion wasn’t without its difficulties. One day while playing he started his school in his backyard of his family residence with 8 children. Very soon, this game turned to passion, and this passion wasn’t without its difficulties. He went door-to-door to request to send the kids to school. Now, he is the headmaster of an afternoon school, “Ananda siksha Niketan”, its meaning is a school for joyful learning. It was established in year the 2002. There are 800 students studying in this school, all from poor families, and all taught for free.

          Babar Ali succeeded in having his school recognised by the local authorities and has helped increase literacy rates in the area. Babar Ali has won many awards for his initiative and work. Like, CNN IBN has given him “Real Heroes award” and declared as “The Youngest Headmaster in the World” by the BBC at the age of sixteen in the year 2009. He was also featured on Aamir Khan’s TV show Satyamev Jayate in July, 2012.

Mr Babar is also a TED Fellow, an INK Fellow, and INK Conference speaker. His journey became a part of the syllabus for the CBSE 10th standard English textbook, and PUC English textbook for Government of Karnataka, and also, became a part of Curriculum in Europe.

This is the story of a person who went for textbook and became a chapter in textbook.