Disabled Teacher Making The Students Able

**Kalahandi ** In Odisha, where schools are short of teachers, drop out levels are high and the number of schools is limited – teachers like Durjadhana Rout are dedicated ensuring that children receive an education even in the face of adversity.

The 26-year old Durjadhana of Badakarlakot village, under Jaypatna police limits of Kalahandi district which houses only 100-150 families, was born disabled but his love for teaching and affection for the children has brought him to limelight.

“A teacher has a significant role in the making of an individual human being, in the making of a society, a nation and the world at large. Supporting a widow mother with no work to fend myself, I have nothing else to give to anyone, no land or property. I can only impart the knowledge procured by me over the years. I find it very satisfying when I teach these students,” revealed Durjadhana Rout.

A student of Plus three 2nd year, he manages to find time to teach the students of Badakarlakot Primary School in a selfless manner without charging anything.

Living with a widowed mother since childhood, this self-made teacher finds it difficult to make both ends meet. After his father’s death, he had shouldered the whole responsibility of the household, but his dedication towards the betterment of the village children – particularly those who face the worst deprivations in society, makes him teach them free of cost.

Coming to the school in a wheel-chair in his spare time, he juggles it with his own studies and other errands.

“I know him as a dedicated teacher who comes over here in his spare time to impart knowledge to the students. The government has provided him with a tri-cycle. He has a lot of interest to teach the students,” said Rajani Thakur, Assistant Block Education Officer.

On this teachers’ day, the students feel privileged to have a dedicated teacher like Rout amongst them.

“We express our gratitude to this teacher on this teachers’ day. For the last six years, he has been teaching us in such a way so that we are able to understand everything very clearly. We bring him to the class by pushing his chair. Though disabled, he is an excellent and very efficient teacher,” said Tanmay Harijan, a student.

Salutations to a teacher who is trying to make a difference and inspiring every child to reach their full potential.

Happy World Teachers Day to teachers around the world!