From an illiterate tribal girl born at the cusp of freedom to a woman leading the education revolution amongst tribals in Orissa, Tulasi Munda’s story is an inspiration for all of us. She was 12 when she went to live with her sister in Serenda, 65 kms away where she earned Rs 2 from cutting stones and sifting iron from the waste. In her free time, she would try and teach herself the alphabet. In 1964 she started an evening school for children of adivasis. In the next 40 years Tulasi helped establish 17 schools and succeeded in educating 20,000 boys and girls. Currently her school that provides education up to the 10th standard, has over 500 students, half of whom are girls. Tulasi has received a Padma Shri award for her commendable work.