Harakela Hajabba, who set up a school for poor children to study with the proceeds of the sale of oranges. The native of Karnataka is the recipient of the 2020 Padma Shri Award. He has been bringing the light of education to the lives of poor children for over twenty years.
Sixty-four-year-old Hajabba is also known as "Akshara Santa". Hajabba is a native of Mangalore, South Kannada. Hajabba was offered the job of selling oranges through Mangalore city after the house was submerged. He has suffered greatly from a lack of education. So he decided not to have any child such a fate.
As a part of this, he started school in his native Mosque in 1999. With the small income from the sale of oranges, this gradually increased the number of schoolchildren. The school was then moved to a new building.
Thus, on 14th November 2004, a new school in Dakshina Kannada District Panchayat Higher Primary School was established in Newpadupu village. There were 125 students and four teachers. But today the story has changed the school and the student population has grown. Hajabba is now in the process of upgrading the school to a pre-university.