By Rubén Morales Iglesias: As they say, it’s never too late and perhaps the best example of that saying is the 104-year-old woman of Kerala, a southern Indian state.
Her name is Kuttiyamma, and according to the BBC, she always wanted to go to school. But, like most girls in her day and even now, she got married very early, and having to take care of her family put her dreams aside.
“I could never study because I had household chores,” she told the BBC. “I was 16 years old when my parents got me married. I did a lot of work in the house from plucking weeds to feeding cattle. So, I couldn’t go anywhere. And I couldn’t study either. I wanted to become a teacher but that couldn’t happen because I never went to school.”
However, Kuttiyamma now knows how to read and write after participating in a government-sponsored literacy program in which she enrolled a year ago. And what’s more, she did better than most getting a grade of 89 percent on the official literacy test.