A teacher who swims through a river everyday to get to his students

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At 9 am on a weekday, Abdul Mallik is busy wading through neck-high water, a tyre-tube around his waist, his tiffin box and shoes held in one hand above the muddy river.    
 
It’s hardly the average morning commute, but for this 40-year-old teacher, it’s all in a day’s work.
 
This is what it takes Mr Mallik to get to the primary school where he has been employed for 20 years in a village in the Malappuram district of Kerala. 
 

“If I go by bus, it takes me three hours to cover the 12-kilometer distance, but swimming through the river is easier, faster and I reach school on time,” he says, after he emerges from the river 15 minutes later.  

He changes into a dry set of clothes on the river bank, and then treks uphill for 10 minutes before he reaches school.
 
An average salary for government teachers like him is around Rs. 25,000.

The compensation, he says, lies elsewhere.  As he arrives at his classroom, a bunch of excited students surrounds him with their offerings of cards and letters for Teacher’s Day. 

 A staunch environmentalist, he often takes his students swimming, hoping the field trip will impress upon them the need to save the river, swirling with filth, that he navigates every day.
 
A seven-year old student, Jahangir, smiles shyly when asked what he wants to be when he grows up. “Like Mallik Master,” he says. 

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Courtesy and Source : NDTV

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17 thoughts on “A teacher who swims through a river everyday to get to his students

  1. superb….and little jahangir gave best reward to his teacher….

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  2. Just awesome and powerful message for all teachers! Thanks Dinesh! 🙂

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  5. Reblogged this on Muhammed Muhsin Varikkodan and commented:
    At 9 am on a weekday, Abdul Mallik is busy wading through neck-high water, a tyre-tube around his waist, his tiffin box and shoes held in one hand above the muddy river.

    It’s hardly the average morning commute, but for this 40-year-old teacher, it’s all in a day’s work.

    This is what it takes Mr Mallik to get to the primary school where he has been employed for 20 years in a village in the Malappuram district of Kerala.

    “If I go by bus, it takes me three hours to cover the 12-kilometer distance, but swimming through the river is easier, faster and I reach school on time,” he says, after he emerges from the river 15 minutes later.

    He changes into a dry set of clothes on the river bank, and then treks uphill for 10 minutes before he reaches school.

    An average salary for government teachers like him is around Rs. 25,000.

    The compensation, he says, lies elsewhere. As he arrives at his classroom, a bunch of excited students surrounds him with their offerings of cards and letters for Teacher’s Day.

    A staunch environmentalist, he often takes his students swimming, hoping the field trip will impress upon them the need to save the river, swirling with filth, that he navigates every day.

    A seven-year old student, Jahangir, smiles shyly when asked what he wants to be when he grows up. “Like Mallik Master,” he says.

    __________

    Courtesy and Source : NDTV

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  6. Thank you very much,.. I blogged this…

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  8. Salam to the true son of soil .. Inspiring .. I wish like Jahangir I could say I will be like Mallik Sir !!

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  9. what a devoted teacher and humane human is Mallik Master. May he live long to inspire and aspire

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  10. Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing :).

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  11. Superb and uplifting. Thank you. MM 🍀

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  12. That warms a teacher’s heart! Namaste. . . . .

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  13. Reblogged this on insaneowl and commented:
    An uplifting story on Teacher’s Day.

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