Savitribai Phule: Tuesday 3rd February is the birthday for this Savitribai Phule who is also known as founder of India’s first women’s school. Many places in India will be celebrating her birthday.

Contribution towards women’s education: In a country like India education is the birth right to each and every person and no one can be stopped from being education as this is the basic rights, however there was a time when the government was against giving of education to the women’s and even people did not like this. However this mindset being changed by Savitribai Phule, hundred (100) years back, when she opened India’s first women’s school for girl’s education and later opened a total of 18 schools for improving the girls education.

Savitribai Jyotirao Phule was born in 3rd January 1831 in Naigaon, Maharashtra and acted as a social reformer and she belonged to a wealthy family. She was married at a young age of 9 to a 12 years old Jyotirao Phule in 1840 and at the time of marriage she was not educated.

There is a small incident from her life when she was small once she found a English book and when her father saw her turning the pages of the book he threw it out of the window.

She belonged to a Dalit family and she had no child of her own she adopted.

Savitribai Phule opened almost 18 schools from in-between 1848 to march 1852 without any money support, and this was one of the first initiatives in those times. She got her basic education from her husband. She became a full time teacher her husband school started for the untouchables at that time.  The couples were felicitated by the then colonial government in 1850, of Bombay Presidency for this work.

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