“We feel proud that we are able to learn so well”

“Every afternoon, the grandmothers of Phangane village wrap pink saris around themselves and slip abacuses and chalkboard into their backpacks,” the BBC recently reported.

“They are going to school.”

“They live in Maharashtra state in India, a country where women are nearly a third less likely than men to be able to read and write.”

“Some of them have trouble with seeing the letters, and others feel chest pain when they talk.”

“But every day except Thursday, these women gather to learn from a teacher less than half their age.”

“We take our bags and all of us grandmothers go together,’” says one student, Ramabhai Ganpat. “We feel proud that we are able to learn so well.”

Read the full BBC story here.