At the Rotary South Asia Literacy Summit in Pune
At the Rotary South Asia Literacy Summit in Pune.
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At the age of 9, every child duty after school is to complete the homework and play for rest of the day. But Babar Ali was different. At the age of Nine, Babar Ali started teaching to poor students and he became the youngest teacher in the world.

Youngest teacher in world, Started school at nine!

Babar Ali teaching to students at 9 years at anand siksha niketan school
9 years old Babar Ali teaching to students at his school Anand Siksha Niketan. Image Credits:

Going to the details, Babar Ali started a school in 2002 when he was just 9-years old. He named the school as Anand Siksha Niketan, meaning Home of joyful learning. It was a complete outdoor school and was in his backyard. He started this school in a small village in Murshidabad district of West Bengal where he lives. While starting the school, he was still a student of Beldanga CRGS High School, which was 5 Kms away from his village. He got the idea of teaching to children when he observed many children were wasting their time playing around the whole day or just doing some odd jobs like taking the cattle grazing. He thought of teaching them what he learned in the class.

First Success

He initially started the schools with eight students at his backyard. His sister was one of his students. After all, it was a school play acting just like most of the children do. But it became serious when the children started waiting for Babar to return from his school for his classes.

Support from Parents

initial days his father didn’t support Babar. However, Over a period, he got support from his father and friends. Few of his friends have also become the volunteer for the school.

Babar Ali approached few government officials and volunteer organizations to donate books and food for his school children. Local media recognized his effort during initial days.

Youngest head master in world at 16 years with Non-profit school

Slowly his school started growing with students. In 2009, at the age of 16, he became the youngest principal. His school has 300 students at that time. There are no fees in his school. It is entirely free for the poor students. His intention is only to educate them. There were ten teaching and non-teaching staff who volunteer their time to teach the children. The school used to run in the backyard under plastic roofing sheets. In 2015, he got funds to construct school building

Babar Ali in National media

Babar Ali Receiving the Rotary Literary Hero Award
Babar Ali Receiving the Rotary Literary Hero Award. Image Credits:

His efforts were recognized by National Media as well. In 2009, few media channels including CNN IBM, BBC, and NDTV, approached him. He also received the CNN-IBN Real Hero Award from actor Aamir Khan in October 2009. NDTV recognized him by giving ‘Indian of the year’ award. He has got all these awards when he was 16-year old. He used the prize money to buy a waste land where he can construct a school.

Inspired from Swami Vivekananda

As per Babar Ali, he is inspired and motivated with the writings and quotes of Swami Vivekananda.

Babar Ali story as school curriculum

Babar Ali at conference delivering speech
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Recognizing Babar’s effort, Karnataka government has included his story as part of the syllabus for in the PUC English text for first year PU course. His story is also part of CBSE 10th standard English textbook, and also in a curriculum in Luxembourg, Europe.

As a speaker

Babar Ali speaks at various conferences and forums all over the world
Babar Ali speaks at various conferences and forums all over the world. Image Credits:

Babar is invited by many organizations to speak. He is also regularly invited to speak at various conferences and forums all over the world. Babar is also a TED Fellow and an INK Conference speaker.

Education and Ambition

On the other hand, Babar Ali has graduated from Berhampur Krishnath College (Kalyanyi University in West Bengal, India) in English Honours. He is currently pursuing his M.A. in English Literature. 23-year-old Babar Ali’s goal is to become IAS officer

Featured in Satyamev Jayate

Babar Ali was also featured on Aamir Khan’s TV show Satyamev Jayate in July 2012. Watch the below video on documentary of Babar Ali telecasted by Satyamev Jayate program.