When Gandhiji was in Champaran in Bihar, he entrusted the work of opening and running the schools in nearby villages to many volunteers.
One day he asked Kasturba, “Why not you too start a school here for the
Kasturba said, “What will I do opening a school here? Shall I teach them in
Gujarati? I do not know their language. How can I even talk to them?”
Gandhiji replied, “The very first lesson in children’s education is that of
cleanliness. You just bring together farmers’ children. Check their eyes and
teeth. Give them bath. Inculcate in them the habits of cleanliness. This
education is not a bit less important. You can begin it from today itself. And
Ba commenced her school.