73 year old Lalringthara from Mizoram might be the oldest school going student, who is also the Church Chowkidar at New Hruaikawn in Mizoram. Lalringthara said that he had studied till class 2 in his native village, Khuangleng but due to the burden and responsibilities of his siblings, he could not continue his studies. His father had passed away when he was just two years old, so the responsibility naturally fell on their mother’s shoulders.
His short journey in formal education enabled him to read and write in his native language, Mizo. But Lalringthara wanted to learn English. His strong desire to study was triggered by his passion to learn the English language. Literature, which is a subject of interest of this 73 year old student, confuses him, he said. Most literature has some English words infused in them, which often confuses him. So he decided to go back to school to learn English language particularly. This keen interest in the English language prompted him to take up schooling again.
The story of this determined septuagenarian spread beyond the village and reached the Indian Government. Impressed by his desire to learn, especially at his age, the Sarba Shiksha Abhiyan (Education for All Movement) has given him textbooks and a free uniform.
Although the freebies are no match for his zeal, one cannot but be impressed by him. He has shown us today that no age is too old, and that no interest is too little to get what you truly want.