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Odishatv Bureau

Puri/Keonjhar: If one can muster the will, then no path is difficult and no obstacle is insurmountable. Two men from two different places in Odisha have exemplified such will and determination in the face of adversity.

Despite being a divyang, Kalandi of Narua village under Gop block in Puri district has been striving hard to keep the 'Chatasali' teaching method alive. In rural areas like Narua, where the concept of play schools has never been heard of, Kalandi has been teaching students the pre-school basics of mathematics, english, literature among others. Kalandi, so far has tutored as many as 300 students and he has become a favourite among students and villagers for his selfless commitment to a noble cause.

"For me money is not a big thing. I wanted to teach kids and shape their future. It is a very fulfilling job as well. Chatasali method of teaching is dying by the day and for that reason, I chose it over other methods of teaching," said Kalandi.

"Kalandi Sir teaches well and whenever he finds time, he teaches us. We enjoy learning from him," said a student.

"He is the pride of our area. Our children are being able to study properly," said a villager.

Likewise, Kusa from Dhagota village under Harichandanpur in Keonjhar district is spreading the light of education despite being blind. A teacher in a Dhagota Middle English (ME) school, Kusa teaches his students using Braille script. Kusa has also engaged a local tuition teacher at his own expenses as a writer on his behalf to help impart education in the school.

"I lost my vision as my parents could not afford treatment. I have been teaching since 2006, and I have not faced any problems," said Kusa.

"Our teacher uses Braille letters to teach us. He is very helpful in making us understand our subjects," said a student.

"He uses Braille books to teach students. He also has got a writer who writes everything down on the blackboard for students," said the headmaster of the school, Pramod Kumar Prusty.

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