Images of India : 81-year-old teacher continues transforming lives…

TeacherVimla Kaul has not stopped working since she retired as a government school teacher 20 years ago. She educates under-privileged children in Delhi. The children are from around the area – their parents mostly work as maids or drivers. They are taught English, science, maths and environment. The school building is a tiny four-room tenement, of the kind generally used to provide cheap, basic accommodation to labourers. Established in 1993, the school ‘Guldasta’ owes its existence to the sheer tenacity of Mrs Kaul and her husband, who died in 2009. Two of her students are teaching at Guldasta now, one of them with a computer degree. Another has found work as a mechanic. Yet another works at a Chinese restaurant. “If I can lift even one child out of their circumstances, that’s enough for me. But mostly, I want to give them a childhood. Some happy memories that they can look back on later in life.”