Woman battles palsy to teach disabled children in Shujalpur

  • Milind R Lashkari & Ramesh Dhagat, Hindustan Times, Indore/Shajapur
  • Updated: Sep 22, 2016 12:53 IST
Ankita Saxena with a child at Navjeevan Vidhyalaya in Shujalpur town of Shajapur district. (HT Photo)

It takes a lot of hard work and determination to pursue and realise dreams and Ankita Saxena, a 26-year-old woman suffering from cerebral palsy, has set a precedence in this regard.

A resident of Jagannathpuri Colony in Shujalpur town of Shajapur district, Ankita teaches mentally challenged kids at her alma mater, Navjeevan Vidhyalaya, for just Rs 1,000 per month as incentive. When not in school, she is busy with her academics.

After clearing her Class 12 boards with a second division, Ankita has enrolled for distance education programme in computer application from Maharishi University. Not just that, the spirited girl also attends coaching classes to prepare for competitive exams.

Cerebal palsy is a neurological condition that affects muscle movement and coordination. People who have cerebral palsy may also experience visual, learning, hearing, speech and intellectual impairments.

The eldest child in the family, Ankita has been pushing hard to live a regular life like others and make her parents proud. Speaking to HT, soft-spoken Ankita said, “In my 26 years of life, never have I depended on anyone. I prefer to stay on the same platform with normal individuals, be it at home, school or coaching classes. It boosts my confidence.”

Speaking to HT, her parents Brijesh Saxena and Asha Saxena said, “We don’t want to let our daughter down. Though she is suffering from the disorder, her IQ level is good and hopefully she will shine one day,” Saxena couple said.

Despite her condition, Ankita has her eyes set firmly on her goals. “I want to study a lot and make my parents proud. I won’t let this disorder come in the way of my dreams,”

she said.

Shajapur district collector Alka Shrivastava appreciated Ankita’s efforts and said her extraordinary work will encourage others to follow her footsteps.

“Every year, the district administration felicitates personalities for their extraordinary contribution to the society on Republic Day and Independence Day and we would like to felicitate Ankita (Saxena) for her gallant effort next year,” Shrivastava said.

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