Happy Teachers Day 2022: Everything you need to know about Savitribai Phule, India’s first woman teacher. Savitribai Phule is a great woman who fought for the education of girls in the face of endless discrimination. Savitribai Phu is the epitome of women empowerment.
Teachers Day 2022: India’s first female teacher Savitribai Phule
September 5 is Teacher’s Day. On the occasion of the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who served as the first Vice President and the second President of India, we are celebrating Teachers’ Day. But there is more to know about India’s first woman teacher, Savitribai Phule. Savitribai Phule is a great woman who fought for the education of girls in the face of endless discrimination. Savitribai Phu is the epitome of women empowerment.
Savitribai Phule was born on January 3, 1831 in an agricultural family of Naigan village in Satara district of Maharashtra. She was the first feminist. She was an activist of social reform movement in Maharashtra. First woman teacher in India. At the age of nine, he married 13-year-old Jyotiba Phule.
For Jyoti Rao, reading books means life. Jyoti Rao Phule and Savitribai Phule are the couple who wish all the children to study. So the two wanted to educate the children of the oppressed communities. Especially Savitribai Phule’s effort for the education of girls is not much said. It’s not just about teaching children, but girls who have difficulty, that’s me. So the couple established a girls’ school for the first time in India.
Savitribai faced many insults in this process. She was seen as untouchable. When they were going on the road, they used to hit the dung water. But she didn’t ask anything. She didn’t even answer the questions. She didn’t stop teaching the girls. Despite being ostracized from her community, she paved the way for girls to get an education.
Along with her husband, she started the first school for girls and later established 18 such schools and received blessings. Only 9 students attended the first girls’ school. Savitri Bai used to teach them. Those girls were given some money in the name of stipend so that they would not drop out of school. They used to give their own money. At the age of 18, she created history as the first teacher to take up the education movement.
Badugu fought for women and the weaker sections without considering the insults faced in the society. Mahila Sevamandal was established and women were made aware. Widows were married. She made them stand on their feet. Her revolutionary speeches inspired many women of that time.
It is no exaggeration to say that the Savitribai couple is at the forefront of those who fought against caste discrimination. Having faced many insults during her school days, Savitribai girls understood how difficult it is to study. That is why she fought to provide education to girls. She was not only an academic but also a brilliant poet.
He wrote many poems against discrimination, caste atrocities and child marriage. A collection of poetry called ‘Kavyafool’ slipped from her hand. The poems in it depict illiteracy in the society and are written with the sentiments that everyone should have the right to education regardless of caste.
And.. They used to prevent child marriages. They used to go from house to house telling girls that they should not marry. Doing so at that time was an adventure. If she went home, they would slam the door in her face. Blasphemers. Should we turn our children along the roads like you? They used to insult me. But Savitribai did not care about anything and fought for the education of girls.
In the days when schools were limited to Brahmin children only.. Jyotibhapule established schools for low caste children. After that Savitribai established a special school for women. She thus earned a place in the history books as the headmistress of the first women’s school established in India.
On November 28, 1890, when Savitribai’s husband Jyotibhapule died, Savitribai started another revolution by killing her husband. Also, when her husband died, she did not take off her hair and did not shave her head. It became a big sensation in those days. Savitribai, who worked for the unity of Dalit, Adivasi, tribal and minority caste women, made room for all religions in her school. It is worth noting that a young lady named Fatimashek made history as the first Muslim female teacher through her school. Thus Savitribai Phu became famous in her own style in women empowerment.
During the 1890s, Savitribai worked hard to provide treatment to children suffering from plague. Moreover, Savitribai was a humanitarian who showed her great heart by feeding two thousand children even during the financial crisis of that time. She saved many people from plague and eventually died due to that disease. Savitribai was 66 years old when she died on March 10, 1897. Her adopted son Yashwant performed the last rites.