Kundamkuzhi (Kasaragod) Misiria Umma has converted her house into a study centre for school students in Karakkat. She is part of the Steps programme, an initiative involving the public to help students of Kundamkuzhi Government Higher Secondary School succeed.
The programme aims to create better learning environment by forming study centres around the school. Misiria Umma has been a part of the programme from the start last year. She was a member of the panchayat executive committee. She now helps 10 schoolmates of her daughter Fathimath Rahila.
The students who come to her house in the evening leave only the next morning. She makes dinner for them and they sometimes bring provisions for it.
While the students are happy to study with friends, their parents are satisfied with finding them a safe place. Last year, apart from higher secondary students, one student each from class nine and ten were part of the group. All except one got good grades. The study time was fixed by the school management.
Teachers visit the house sometimes. A gathering of school PTA and SMC members honoured Misiria Umma recently. This year, five higher secondary and four high school students study at her house.
Misiria Umma, who stopped schooling in tenth standard, is ready to accept more students. Her husband Abdul Rahman and their children are supportive of her endeavour.