“At the beginning I thought she was helping the teacher, so I was surprised when the teacher told me the woman was the mother of a 9-year-old student in the third grade. I spoke with her after class and she told me that neither she nor her husband had the opportunity to study when they were children because they had to work in the plantations with coffee and cattle. When they married and had a girl, they considered it a priority that their daughter study. But because they were living far away, the mother accompanied the girl every day to school and waited for her, always paying close attention to what was going on in the class. The teacher noticed her interest in learning and asked if she would like to join as a student.
“The woman was very happy and accepted the proposal. When she entered the first grade, her daughter was in the third grade in the same classroom. The children accepted her as one more student, never laughing or making fun of her.
“This was a life example for me because when you want to learn, age, distance or the embarrassment of sitting next to small children simply do not matter. I hope that this woman has accomplished her dream of studying and that she has completed primary school.”