Education is a process of learning. It also disciplines and rebukes those it is a concern. It is an act of bestowing and acquiring knowledge or skills. A degree, a kind of level, or kind of schooling can give valued education. A good education offers results and produces different social, political, economic, mental, physical, spiritual, Etc.
In 1847, Captain F. Jenkins set out with proceeding destined to play a most crucial part in the civilization and redemption of the tribe. But, first, he opened a formal school at Goalpara. Of the first ten boys admitted, eight ultimately became Christian workers; four of them ordained preachers, and the “illustrious hopes” of Bishop Heber began to realize, as will be seen as our story proceeds.1Yet, the school provided them with the equipment and opportunity for discovering the truth. It opened their eyes and awakened inquiry in their minds and was part of how they taught God. A state historian said that “it attracted only a few low-landers and half-breeds,” dismissing the matter in a sentence, and from one point of view, he is entirely correct. But to the eye of the missionary student, that school at Goalpara is of particular interest as the earliest training ground of the first apostles of the Garo tribe.2
During two years spent at Goalpara, Garo students felt with no apparent progress in teaching. Both Omed and Ramke went boldly up to Lieutenant Agnew’s bungalow on the top of the hill and declared that if they stayed in the school twenty years more, under such a teacher, they would never learn. Then the pandit was called into the “presence” and instantly dismissed. The next man was appointed and soon won the affection of the boys. “He taught us splendidly,” they said. “We shall praise him till death.”3
Opening a formal school at Goalpara is an eye-opener for hill tribes, especially—the Garos. That was the first-ever school where a bunch of young Garos enrolled there. The first enrolled lads among the Garos became good friends and were fully committed to learning. This school has introduced a holistic education in numerous ways. It led the Garo savages to transform into social and well-being people; they read and wrote. Gradually, they could mold themselves and explore the broader realm of the intellectual world.
It was a school of enlightenment for Garos and made them good people. It led the people to know what was not known before, brought into being a social human among others, and became passionate to get more knowledge and wisdom. Thus, it became a well-rounded education for the Garos.
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