Is the pen mightier than the sword? Indeed it is and especially if it measures at 2.745m by 0.315m, breaking a new Guinness record for the largest marker ever made in the whole world!
The project was undertaken by Muhammed Dileef, a resident of the city Kerala. The video of Muhammed and his team building the marker piece by piece went viral on facebook, showing three men hefting the marker up to write “India”. If the average store bought sharpie comes in at 14cm long this handmade marker is a monster, coming at almost 20 times the regular size. The record became certified and official in September.
When asked why he undertook such a project, Muhammed wrote in the video’s detail the reason was to “inspire and motivate a new generation to read”. UNESCO statistics has revealed a growing incline for literacy in India with Kerala being the leading city, having a 96.2% literate population.
This is a sign of the times because just four years ago the country recorded its highest dropout rate. The country is drawing a step towards improving their education one hulk sized marker at a time.
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