This past Spring two of our high school students, Zaffar Khan and Prabhakar Biswas completed their first year in a nearby high school. We currently are unable to offer any kind of high school program at our school due to the great expense in getting the proper accreditation from the authorities and in maintaining such a program.
They are now enrolled in their second year–the Sophomore year– as the “wise” (sophos in the original) young men of today who are “fools” (more in the original — hence sophomore means “wise fool”) in search of knowledge. We are excited for their opportunity and hope to see two more students enrolling in the high school next Spring as freshmen as well.
Zaffar has done remarkably well scoring at the top of his class only second to the principal’s daughter in the entire school. We are very proud of both Prabhakar and Zaffar for their hard work in continuing their education. We congratulate Zaffar on his high achievement and wish them both continued success in their futures.
Both will be taking the nationwide required exam of all Class X (or Grade 10) this coming Spring in 2013. Please continue to pray for them as this is a very difficult exam taken by every student in India as required by the government. Only those who pass can continue in their education. It is because of your continued love, prayers, and support we can continue to effect the lives of young men and women like these two students to do well in their studies given a chance and to succeed in becoming a productive educated member of society.
Zaffar once said that before he came to our school he roamed the streets of Kolkata “like an animal” with no purpose or hope for a future just to simply become a beast of burden to do someone else’s labor and eat whatever scraps may come his way. Now he is doing quite well in his studies and hopes to help the ministry after he completes his education.
Prabhakar is a local student who does not live in our school but has attended as a day scholar for a great many years. His desire is to become a doctor to help the sick in the future. Both of these students wish to thank God and everyone who is making it possible for them to continue their education.