Do not despise numbers and letters (maths; or arts, science, and literature)

எண் எழுத்து இகழேல் (En Ezhuthu Egalael)

I am glad to talk about Mrs. Savitribai Phule, the first female teacher in India.

Savitribai Phule was born on January 3, 1831, in Naigaon (presently in Satara district). She was married when she was nine years old to a 12 years old Jyotirao Phule in 1840. Her husband Jyotirao Phule grew up as a social activist and started a school for girls in Pune. Savitribai Phule was the first female teacher to teach in that school.

During 19th century where education for backward community and women had been deprived, Mrs. Savitribai Phule was the first person to raise voice for them. People of her village did not like girls going to school. So on her way to school they would throw cow dung and stones on Savitribai Phule. In spite of all the disrespect shown to her, Savitribai Phule continued to teach in the school. 

She started teaching in the school they had only 8 students. Mrs. Savitribai Phule slowly established herself as a successful teacher. In 1848, she founded other schools for girls’ education. By 1851, she was running three schools with 150 students.

“Hats off!!!” to our first female teacher in India.

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