Meena and her husband Sanjay Chouhan are blind, but that has not stopped them from being featured among the best government school teachers in the Indore.
Their hard work and sincerity in overcoming problems was recognised and they were felicitated by the Indore Municipal Corporation on Tuesday along with 40 other teachers.
Meena started her teaching career in 2007 in Doodhiya in Sanver tehsil. In 2012, she and husband took a transfer in Indore and have been teaching here since.
Meena said, “Initially, it was quite difficult to manage the class and the students took advantage of my blindness. However, I soon gained their confidence. Now, they do not disrupt the class.”
“I ask one of the students to read out text and then I explain it to them,” she said.
Her husband Sanjay said he also had a similar experience during his initial days.
Meena has been teaching social science in Naveen Malavkanya School No 5 for the past nine years. Sanjay is also a teacher in the same school.
Both are tech-savvy and use multimedia phones with talk-back features to access social networking sites.
About her teaching method, Meena said, “Books are available in Brail but one single ink printed book is equal to four books in Brail.”
Meena was diagnosed with cataract at the age of three, but after the surgery she lost vision in one eye and other was left with low vision.
She did her schooling from Doodhiya coping with partial blindness till class 10 after that she went completely blind.
With a passion to do something in life, she started learning Braille from Mahesh Drishtiheen Kalyan Sangh situated in Vijay Nagar, Indore.
“It was hard for me to learn Braille and live with blind kids in the hostel at the beginning, I couldn’t understand it, but teachers and other students supported me there and helped me learn all the subjects.”
She has completed her graduation from Girls Degree College, Moti Tapela and B.Ed from Hellen Keller Education Academy, Indore.
Sanjay, from Badwani, is an active member of Rashtriya Drishtiheen Sangh. Initially, he could see blurred images, but now he is completely blind.
“We help visually impaired with education. If someone is not able to pay their fees, we make arrangements for it. They are supplied with audios and books. We help them with employment as well,” he said.
Pratibha Laad, the principal of Naveen Malavkanya School, said: “These two are excellent in the work. They do not seek special favour and share the burden equally with the other teachers.”Sanjay and Meena have two daughters with proper eyesight.