Savitribai Phule -A Beacon of Change In the Landscape Of Education During The 19 Century In India

Author: Maneesha1 DR. Santanu Biswas2

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Abstract : During the nineteenth century, Savitribai Jyotirao Phule was a well-known Indian educator and social reformer who made significant contributions to education, particularly in the area of women’s education. She was born on January 3, 1831, and is regarded as one of India’s earliest contemporary feminists. She is recognised for being India’s first female teacher and working to advance women and untouchables in the realm of education, among her other achievements. She spent her whole life—along with her husband Jyotirao Phule—to demand dignity for all women. She placed a high value on the ideals of justice, equality, liberty, and humanity. She created a flame that led to equality in education, which was previously unachievable during a period when women were only things. According to Hari Narke, “Mahatma Jyotirao Phule and his wife Savitribai Phule stand out as an extraordinary couple in the social and educational history of India. They were engaged in a passionate struggle to build a movement for equality between men and women as well as for social justice.” She is regarded as one of the “Crusaders of gender justice” as well.  She established her own girls’ school in Pune in 1848, and in 1852, she took on a particularly difficult issue by opening a school for Untouchable girls. She spoke out vehemently against the limitations placed on women that contributed to their subjugation. The distinguishing characteristic of her prominent personality is her focus on secular education for social liberation in India. By getting to know her better and comprehending her challenges, we would be able to examine a life that not only transformed Indian education but also awakened mankind to its true nature. The goal of the current study piece is to determine Savitribai Jyotirao Phule’s significance from the perspective of Indian women’s education.

Keywords: Savitribai Phule, Jyotirao Phule, Gender Equality, Women Education, Social Reformer

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