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National pat for school reformer

She has overhauled the education system by introducing smart classes, life-coping skills and motivational seminars; she has taught children civic duties by launching drain and street cleaning campaigns from campus; and she has taken a baby step towards women empowerment by floating a school band of girls.

Meet Sister Sosan Bara, the former headmistress of St Anne’s Girls’ High School, who has been selected for the National Award for Teachers to be conferred by the President of India on September 5, celebrated nationwide as Teachers’ Day to remember academic Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on his birth anniversary.

Sixty-year-old Bara will receive her medallion, certificate of merit and cash prize of Rs 25,000 from Pranab Mukherjee at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.

Every year, the award is given to meritorious teachers working in primary, middle and secondary schools. Four teachers from Jharkhand — two from primary cradles and two from high schools — will be conferred the prestigious public recognition for 2013-14.

Apart from Bara, the three others are Byas Singh, assistant teacher of Government Brahmin High School in Daltonganj (Palamau); Sunil Kumar Baski, assistant teacher of the upgraded middle school in Baghmara (Jamtara); and Amit Kumar Mate, assistant teacher of the upgraded middle school in Raidih (Gumla).

The former headmistress has served St Anne’s for more than 47 years. She holds a brilliant record in serving the poor and in improving infrastructure of the reputable cradle located on Purulia Road. She retired only last month.

“I feel privileged. The credit goes to my students and colleagues. When I had joined the school, it lacked basic infrastructure. Slowly and steadily, we brought it to the mark, both academically and otherwise,” Sister Bara said.

The school reformer is also the proud recipient of several other awards like Sikshak Samman, which is conferred by the state government.

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