Education is a process of learning

A quality education has advantages and brings additional benefits.


In 1847, Captain F. Jenkins set out on a journey that would play a crucial role in the Garo tribe’s civilization and redemption. First, he established a formal school in Goalpara. Eight of the first ten boys admitted went on to become Christian workers, four of them were ordained preachers, and as our story progresses, it will be clear that Bishop Heber’s “illustrious hopes” started to come true. [Carey, p44-45]

However, the school gave them the resources and chance to find out the truth. It contributed to how they taught god, opened their eyes, and sparked questions in their minds. In dismissing the issue in a single sentence, a state historian claimed that “it attracted only a few low-landers and half-breeds,” and from one perspective, he is entirely correct. However, that school in Goalpara catches the attention of missionary students because it served as the first place where the Garo tribes’ early apostles were trained. [Carey, p52]


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The two years the Garo students spent at Goalpara did not seem to see any improvement in the quality of instruction. Both Omed and Ramke boldly ascended to Lieutenant Agnew’s bungalow at the top of the hill and declared that they would never learn if they continued in school for another 20 years with such a teacher. The pandit was subsequently called into the “presence” and expelled right away. The next man picked quickly won the boys’ affection. They commended him for the superior lessons he had imparted to them. Until the day of our death, we will praise him.” [Carey, p56] That our ancestors were so deeply rooted in God’s words later is amazing and beautiful.



The debut of a formal school at Goalpara is illuminating for hill tribes, especially the Garos. For the first time ever, a group of young Garo people enrolled in that school. The first group of Garo students developed close friendships and demonstrated unwavering dedication to their studies. This school has made significant contributions to the cause of holistic education. It led to the Garo tribesmen becoming well-adjusted, civilized people who could read and write. They had the power to mold themselves and progressively broaden their intellectual horizons. Their education has been greatly aided by the missionary work that introduced the Garos to God’s love.


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