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‘Padhna Likhna Abhiyan’ launches by the MHRD

Y.S.RANA | May 16, 2020 01:23 PM

CHANDIGARH: In a bid to give boost to adult education and eradicate illiteracy from the country, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has launched a scheme—Padhna Likhna Abhiyan. Under the ahhiyan students will be engaged and encouraged to teach illiterate elderly people of their respective areas. ‘Padhna Likhna Abhiyan’ is rolled out to replace ‘Saakshar Bharat.’
                  
The official of the education department said that focus, coverage and approach under the abhiyan shall be on basic literacy component in a four months cycle. Priority will be given to aspirational districts. He further stated the programe would cover both rural and urban area, target and budget of States/UTs was given in the operational guidelines. States/UTs would be allowed to distribute targets to respective district.
                   
He further revealed that the scheme shall have a flexible approach and innovative methodologies such as involvement of school and college students including volunteers of NSS, NCC and NYKS for imparting basic literacy to adults.
                   
As per HRD ministry records though country has made considerable progress in adult literacy however as per Census 2011 close to 24 crore adults are yet to attain literacy. Under ‘Saakshar Bharat’ programme 7.62 crore adults in 410 districts have become literate and its full impact will be known after the next Census.    
                
The idea is the brain child of Prakash Javadekar who has conceived this from his school days when he used to help his mother and teacher in providing education to illiterate people. In his opinion, students can be best teachers for elderly persons. Recently Mr Javadekar had visited Jhalana Kacchi Basti where he met people and party workers and gathered feedback about the central government initiative. During his visit, he motivated students to teach their illiterate grandparents and he called upon the boy to be “Sir” (teacher) of his grandmother.
                 
Before launch of this scheme the minister has also held discussion with the area residents. The primary objective of the scheme is to empower people and to reduce the problem of low literacy rate especially among women.  When parents in a society are not educated then they are unable to inspire their children to go to schools and help their children in their studies.

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