Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

At the Age of 101, Former Teacher Annie Still Has a Lesson to Give

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

At the Age of 101, Former Teacher Annie Still Has a Lesson to Give

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Byline: Hannah Flint Reporter hannah.flint@trinitymirror.com

A TEACHER who lived through both world wars has embarked on a new career to inspire unemployed young people to pursue their education - aged 101.

Former primary school teacher Annie Murphy, who was born in 1913, fought for her own education after her father told her he wanted to stay at home and look after her siblings instead of following her dream of teaching young children.

Now, she has shared the story of her determination to receive an education with dozens of unemployed people in a bid to encourage them to strive for their own qualifications despite their hardship.

Annie, who is a resident at Addison Court Nursing Home, Crawcrook, received a standing ovation following a talk at the Dryden Centre, Gateshead, earlier this month.

She spoke for almost two hours without notes to a group of around 30 unemployed people.

And the pensioner, who is the daughter of a miner, has been nominated for an award by Gateshead Council's Workability Group in recognition of her contribution to learning.

Annie, who was a pupil at Chopwell School and then Blaydon Grammar, said: "The young people have not caused the state of affairs today. It's been handed to them. I had a hard life but I knew what I wanted, you just have to strive for what you want. They have to strive for what they can."

She added: "Education is important. It's best to get everything you can, you're to be well educated. The people who are not academic are just as important, we need those people and they still need to be educated so they can enjoy their life." The former teacher, who taught at Emmaville Primary School in Crawcrook for 22 years, was forced to walk five miles every day to get to her grammar school as a young girl in pursuit of her own education. …

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