Google doodle celebrates Social Reformer Fatima Sheikh’s 191st Birthday

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Google on Today, honoured educator and social reformer Fatima Sheikh, on her 191st birth anniversary. Fatima Sheikh, who is widely considered to be India’s first Muslim woman teacher.

Google doodle celebrates Indian educator Fatima Sheikh’s 191st Birthday. Fatima Sheikh, better known as India’s first Muslim woman teacher, was born on this day in 1831 in Pune, India, Maharashtra.

Fatima Sheikh was an Indian educator, who was a colleague of the social reformers Jyotiba Phule and Savitribai Phule. Fatima Sheikh was the sister of Mian Usman Sheikh, in whose house Jyotiba and Savitribai Phule took up residence. One of the first Muslim women teachers of modern India, she started educating Dalit children in Phules’ school.

Jyotiba and Savitribai Phule along with Fatima Sheikh took charge of spreading education among the downtrodden communities.

January 9, 2022: Google Doodle celebrates the Indian Eductor with special doodle. Jyotirao and Savitribai Phule, Sheikh co-founded the Indigenous Library in 1848, one of India’s first schools for girls.

The Phules’ efforts to provide educational opportunities to those born into India’s lower castes became known as the Satyashodhak Samaj (Truthseekers’ Society) movement. As a lifelong champion of this movement for equality, Sheikh went door-to-door to invite the downtrodden in her community to learn at the Indigenous Library and escape the rigidity of the Indian caste system. 

Although Sheikh’s story has been historically overlooked, the Indian government shone new light on her achievements in 2014 by featuring her profile in Urdu textbooks alongside other trailblazing Indian educators

Fatima Sheikh (ਫ਼ਾਤਿਮਾ ਸ਼ੇਖ, फ़ातिमा शेख, ফাতিমা শেখ, ఫాతీమా షేక్, फातिमा शेख, ஃபாத்திமா ஷேக், ફાતિમા શેખ, ಫಾತಿಮ ಶೇಖ್, ഫാത്തിമാ ഷേയ്‌ഖ്)

Fatima Sheikh Doodle: To honour India’s first female Muslim teacher, the search giant paid tributes and dedicated a doodle to the inspirational personality.

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