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Armed with buckets of chalk powder, we would proceed to the playground to measure and mark pits and tracks, returning home reluctantly because it was time for us to do our homework and for her to go to evening prayers. One day, at recess, I found Sister Benedicta painting wildflowers in watercolour.

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She invited me to try my hand at it but I shyly expressed my ineptitude to her. Where and how she sourced all her information — given our limited school library and the fact that we were miles from the nearest bookstore in town — is a subject of much curiosity for me till today. But if a pupil showed even the faintest interest in something, one could rest assured that Sister Benedicta would find a way of getting enough information on the subject to start him or her on the journey.


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In this case, however, I was convinced that I could not draw and Sister Benedicta was equally convinced that I did not know what I was or was not capable of. I must have been in Class 9 when St. Sister Benedicta offered to accompany those students who could get parental permission to attend, and after much begging and cajoling at home, I set off, with her and one more student, to see the big, bad world outside of my small hometown.

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Mainly, I ogled and observed, participating only in one debate where, much to my surprise, I won a small prize. But the exposure and encouragement that Sister Benedicta provided not only paved the way for my participation in future contests and forums, but helped give me the confidence to defy conventional wisdom and choose the pursuit of writing as a career over medicine and engineering the only acceptable professions for any students considered halfway bright in that day and age.

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Education for Sister Benedicta, I always thought, meant the sense of wonderment that comes from learning, seeing, observing, and experimenting constantly. She endeavoured to stretch the horizons of her own mind and interests and creativity and showed us that we were capable of doing it too. Sister Benedicta passed away in Kathmandu a few years ago.

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My abiding regret will be that I never made the journey to see her before she died and thank her for the gifts she bestowed upon me from both her heart and mind. Email address:. And thus began my 11 years of schooling in a place where I met an extraordinary teacher who changed me forever.

The school soon settled down though, the way all schools do, into a humdrum existence of English and geography lessons, classroom murmurings and recess ruckus, teachers who came and went, days of sunshine and of gloom. Overview Marva Collins embodies all that is meant by that hallowed word. Product Details.


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