Pervez Saleem (Producer/Director)

By Pervez Saleem

“Every child should have a caring adult in their lives. And that’s not always a biological parent or family member. It may be a friend or neighbor. Often times it is a teacher.”

“If our children are our future, how are we going to equip them with the skills to create solutions to the long term problems we face? We can all contribute to make the future we want while inspiring our children to make a difference too through observing our own actions.”
Abdul Mallik, Primary School Teacher, Swims Through A River Every Day To Get To School In Malappuram, India

How’s this for dedication?

One teacher in Malappuram, India, will not let anything keep him from reaching his students — not even a river. Each day, Abdul Mallik wades through neck-high water to get to the primary school where he’s worked for 20 years, NDTV reports.

Why? Because it’s the fastest way to get to class.

“If I go by bus, it takes me three hours to cover the 12-kilometer (7.5 miles) distance,” he told the station. “But swimming through the river is easier, faster and I reach school on time.”

Once he crosses the river, he changes into a dry set of clothes and then continues the walk to school.

In India, September 5 was Teacher’s Day, according to SiliconIndia News. So when Mallik arrived at school that day, students greeted him with smiles and cards.

India Today reported that on the same day, J Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu, offered her appreciation towards teachers.

“[Teaching jobs involve] inculcating discipline, instilling self-confidence, determination and general knowledge in students,” the Chief Minister said. “I wish that the teachers who do this special job create a knowledge-based society that will bring laurels to the country.”

Mr. Mallik is certainly working to achieve just that.
“Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.”

“If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.”