As children, Abdul Kalam and his best friend Ramanadha Sastry sat together on the first bench of the classroom. Ramanadha Sastry was the son of the head priest. One day, a new teacher who came to their class objected to the fact that a Muslim boy sat with a Hindu Brahmin boy. In a harsh manner, he asked Abdul Kalam to go and sit on the last bench. This incident hurt both boys. The head priest took strong action against the teacher. He summoned the teacher and said that he can no longer teach in that school. The teacher learnt his lesson that his duty was to teach religious harmony and not to poison little minds with superficial differences. He asked for Kalam’s forgiveness and seeing that the teacher was sincere in his emotions, the head priest allowed him to continue teaching.
Mother Teresa was born on August 26, 1910 in the city of Skopje, which today is the capital of the Republic of Macedonia. Her parents, Nikola and Drana Bojaxhiu were fervent Catholics from Albania. Her birth name was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. Gonxha means “flower bud” in the Albanian language. Her father died when she was eight and she was raised by her mother.
Gonxha was a lively, pretty girl, studious and hardworking. She especially loved to read and sing and act. At the age of 12, Gonxha first heard, in her heart,God calling her to follow Him. When she turned 18, Agnes joined the Sisters of Loretoto become a missionary to India. Before she could go to India, she
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Dr. John Parankimalil, SDB, M.A. (English), M.Ed, PhD (Education) is the Principal of Don Bosco College of Teacher Education, Tura. He received the 1st Computer Excellence Award for Schools from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the President of India in August 2002. He was the National President of All India Association of Catholic Schools (AINACS), New Delhi and the Charter President of Rotary Club of Orchid City, Shillong. He received Guruvar best Teacher Award from Shri. Kapil Sibal, HRD Union Minister in 2009. He was given ‘Pioneer of Education’ and ‘Green Mission Champion’ Awards by Dr. Mukul M. Sangma, Chief Minister of Meghalaya in 2014 and 2015 respectively. He received ‘Global Education Excellence’ Award, 2016 from Prime Time Research Media Private Limited on 10th April 2016. He has authored over 10 Books. He conducts seminars for Heads of Schools, Teachers, Parents and Students.