Aizawl (Mizoram) , April, 17 :Proving that age is just a number Lalringthara, a 73-year-old man belonging from New Hruaikawn village of Champhai district in Mizoram has enrolled in the only middle school of the village. The septuagenarian has taken admission in the 5th standard to fulfill his lifetime desire to go back to school.
According to Vanlalkima, the headmaster (in-charge) of the government-run school said, “Lalringthara has a great passion for learning; he is always thirsty for knowledge, to learn something new. Last year, he had applied for admission. I told him to wait for the new session.”
“He is an inspiration and a challenge to both students and teachers alike. I am happy to be able to help him fulfill his dreams,” Vanlalkima added.
Born in 1945 at Khuangleng village, Lalringthara had to discontinue his education after Class II. His father passed away when he was just two, having no sibling, he had to help his mother in the jhum fields’ right from the tender age.
After moving from one place to another, Lalringthara finally settled at New Hruaikawn village in 1995, since he is working as chowkidar in the local Presbyterian Church.
Lalringthara can read and write in the Mizo language.
“I have no problem in reading and writing in the Mizo language. One of my motives for going back to school is to learn some English so that I can write an application in English and understand the English news on television,” he said.
Lalringthara sits in the classroom with other children who are more than 60 years younger than him. He will be provided with school uniform and textbooks soon.
Courtesy : The Assam Tribune.