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Savitribai Phule: A Pioneer In Women's Education In India

Savitribai Phule, the first female teacher at India's first women's school completes 191

Savitribai Phule: A Pioneer In Womens Education In India

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  3 Jan 2022 11:58 AM GMT

The Life And Times Of Dnyanjyoti Krantijyoti Savitribai PhuleSavitribai Phule was a trailblazer as the first female teacher at India's first women's school.

She was an outspoken critic of the existing caste system and a devoted champion for the oppressed.

With her husband Jyotirao Phule, she battled for the dignity of all women throughout her life. Her most significant principles were humanity, equality, liberty, and justice. She fanned a flame that led to educational equality - something that had previously been inconceivable - during a period when women were considered as objects.

She was outspoken in her condemnation of women's subjugation as a result of discriminatory limitations put on them. Her noteworthy personality is marked by her concentration on secular education for social liberation in India. We will be looking at a life that not only transformed the face of education in India but also enlightened mankind in its true core, by getting to know her better, and comprehending her challenges and sorrows.

Savitribai Jyotirao Phule was born on January 3, 1831, at Naigaon, some 50 kilometres from Pune. When she was 10 years old, she married Jyotirao, who was 13 at the time.

After their marriage, Savitribai and Jotiba lived in a Dalit working-class neighbourhood in Pune. At home, Jyotirao educated and trained his wife to be a teacher. The dynamic pair was deeply committed to building a movement for gender equality and the eradication of the caste system. They dedicated their entire lives to the spread of knowledge and education. They established the first girls' school in the country as well as the 'Native Library.'

They were against child marriage and in favour of widow remarriages. They adopted a Brahmin widow's child, educated him, and arranged for him to marry someone from another caste because they had no children of their own. For the country's shudra and atishudra women, Savitribai and Jotiba created a groundbreaking social education programme. 'In life, education should provide one the ability to choose between good and ill, truth and deception,' they stated.

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