99-year Old Argentinian Grandmother Rejoins School, Re-learns Reading And Writing Skills She'd Lost As She'd Got Older

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Eusebia Leonor Cordal attends the Primary School for Adults in Laprida, Argentina. Since her joining, she has been picked up by one of her teachers named Patricia, to attend school for on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday every week and has not missed a single day.

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Putting the 'old' in 'Old School', a 99-year old Argentinian grandmother has joined school again, according to an Argentinian news site.

Eusebia Leonor Cordal attends the Primary School for Adults in Laprida, Argentina. Since her joining, she has been picked up by one of her teachers named Patricia, to attend school for on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday every week and has not missed a single day.

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She had to drop out of school at a tender age due to the loss of her mother among other family problems. After successfully raising her family, at the age of 98 she had decided it was time to pick up the school bag and hit the books. 

“When you get older, you lose a lot of memory. I knew the schedules very well, but when I came here I did not remember. I forgot everything, even how to write and read,” she said to local Argentinian reporters, speaking about her late continuation of education.

While she has picked up her reading and writing skills again, she wishes to learn new technologies like 'computers'. 

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Back in India too, The Aajibaichi Shala (meaning the grandmothers' school) in Phangane village, Maharashtra is promoting primary education among grandmothers in the age of 60 to 90. The school which was established in 2016, has now grown to house 28 students dressed in pink sari-uniforms. The unique feature of 'Aajibaichi Shala' is that it is India's only school for grandmothers exclusively and works only on weekends to accommodate their schedules working in farms.

Breaking stereotypes of the sweet story-telling grandma and proving that age is after all just a number grandmothers like Eusebia and the ones in Aajibaichi Shala are providing inspiration for older women that it's truly never too late.

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