Meiningsinliu Pamei with her baby brother in her lap

Imphal: The picture of a Class 1 student of Dailung Primary School babysitting her baby brother and attending class in Manipur’s Tamenglong district has taken the internet by storm. Since then, well wishers have poured in, including Chief Minister N Biren Singh and minister Th Biswajit Singh, who want to help the little girl.

Eleven-year-old Meiningsinliu Pamei, a native of Dailung village, volunteered to babysit her younger brother while her parents were away at the farm, and attended classes at the same time.

Despite being in a tight situation at such a tender age, her grit and passion to get herself an education has amazed people and won hearts across social media.

Born to Khiamgei Pamei and Widijuanliu Pamei, Meiningsinliu is the eldest among four siblings. 

After schools reopened for physical classes, Dailung Primary School authorities also opened the school gates to ensure that no one missed the opportunity of getting an education. The school made attendance compulsory and also allowed Meiningsinliu to attend classes despite knowing her predicament.

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Soon after the picture with her little brother sleeping on her lap while attending classes went viral on social media, CM Biren Singh extended his help to Meiningsinliu and her family. Similarly, minister Biswajit personally called the Pamei family and assured to take care of her education till she completes graduation.

Speaking to EastMojo, Daichui Gangmei, president of Rongmei Naga Students’ Organisation, Manipur (RNSOM), said Meiningsinliu set the best example to the children and students of the contemporary world that poverty and lack of opportunities cannot stop anyone from chasing their dreams.

“Children and students of present age are busy with tuitions, mobile phones, TV, laptops, etc., and are never interested in the example set by Meiningsinliu. Her passion for studies is extraordinary and she beats against all odds and hardships, and proves to the entire world that poverty and lack of opportunities cannot stop her pursuing her dreams,” said Gangmei, who also visited Meiningsinliu and her family along with his team.

According to Gangmei, there is no school building in the village and students are attending classes in some other place.

“We will submit a proposal to the chief minister for the construction of a school building and a children’s park in the village,” said Gangmei.

Meanwhile, the student body has donated Rs 10,000 to the family as a token of appreciation and love. 

During their visit, RNSOM also declared to freely adopt and support her throughout her career for her extraordinary passion and commitment towards studies, and for setting an example to the present society. The team also assured to provide every support to Meiningsinliu’s three other siblings.

RNSOM assured to support any needy student in need when it comes to education, added Gangmei.

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