Sub-inspector Shanthappa Jademmanavar was the recipient of a lot of praise on social media after he was photographed teaching a group of labourers’ children, something he does daily now before reporting for work. But the Bengaluru police official said he took up the role only because he saw the children not getting any education.
“I saw these children simply loitering on roads, not attending online classes or getting any formal education while their parents worked. It pained me because education is a fundamental right,” he told indianexpress.com.
These photos of Jademmanavar, who is posted at the Annapurneswari Nagara Police station, were widely shared on social media last week.
Bengaluru: Shanthappa Jademmanavr, Sub-Inspector, Annapurneshwari Nagar, teaches children of migrant workers who don’t have access to smartphones, laptops to attend online classes, before reporting for police duty#Karnataka pic.twitter.com/o2pwojCrEK
— ANI (@ANI) September 8, 2020
Jademmanavar said he teaches the children Vedic maths and trains the students in mental calculations. He also includes lessons on general knowledge and moral values.
“I don’t use any pen, pencil or books. I believe that their training in mental calculation will help them be mentally alert,” the 30-year-old police official said.
Jademmanavar said that if he’s busy with official work, a colleague often fills in for him.
“I try to take a one hour class, on a daily basis. However, there are times when the classes stretch to an hour and a half,” he said.
The sub-inspector said he’s thankful for all the praise he’s been getting on the internet and it’s helped the children as well.
“I started teaching on a blackboard and now I am working with a whiteboard and I believe that it is a huge improvement,” Jademmanavar said. People have sponsored bags, books, and solar lights for the students since his pictures were shared.
Here’s how people had reacted to the photos of him:
He is the real life hero
— Krishanu patra (@Krishanupatra17) September 8, 2020
Great work form golden heart person
— Abhishek (@Abhishe86907004) September 8, 2020
Salute to such great people.
— Sahil (@sahil24sn) September 8, 2020
Small effort big contribution 👏👏👏👏
— Aman Gupta (@aman_Surguja) September 8, 2020
Great job !! Pls provide mats or some plastics bags for sitting !!!
— Karan Singh (@KaranSi23545652) September 8, 2020
My Salutes to this Policeman 👏👏🙏🙏
— Shiva (@gshiva678) September 8, 2020
Great work sir hat’s off to you 🙏🙏
— ಸ್ವಾಭಿಮಾನಿ ಶಿವಶಂಕರ್ (@NAMOSHIVSHANKAR) September 8, 2020
Great work from police…
Really appreciate and encourage them.
This will real help in poverty line
— EKAM SAGGU (@jbncharanjeet) September 8, 2020
A real hero !!!
— Raju Choudhary 🇮🇳 (@Rajuchoudhary_i) September 8, 2020
— G (@aTrader2019) September 8, 2020
Jademmanavar is also very clear that he’s not taking his newfound fame too seriously.
“Fame and recognition from others don’t matter as long as you satisfy your inner conscience and god. I see a smile on my students’ faces, I see their confidence and that is my remuneration,” he said.
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