nav bharat literacy program: By 2030, everyone will be literate in the country… ‘New India Literacy Program’ will start
The government has set a target of 100% literacy by 2030. To achieve this, a new scheme of adult education will start from the month of August. Its name will be ‘New India Literacy Program’. In this, different suggestions and recommendations of the new National Education Policy will be implemented.
Sources said that on June 24 and 26, 2021, a review meeting was held with the states through digital medium in this regard. In this it was agreed that after the end of the ‘Read-Write’ campaign in July 2021 after the approval of the competent authority, ‘Nav Bharat Literacy Abhiyan’ would be started in its place.
5 aspects of the new program
As per the information received from the ministry, this new adult education program has five dimensions. These include basic literacy and numeracy, knowledge of important life skills, basic education and vocational skill development.
As per the recommendations of the Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC), the program is estimated to cost Rs 1037.90 crore. In this, the share of the Center will be Rs 700 crore and the share of the states will be Rs 337.90 crore.
An announcement was made about the scheme related to adult education in the budget proposal for the year 2021-22. In the meeting held under the chairmanship of the Union School Education and Literacy Secretary in the month of March, education secretaries of 35 states/UTs, State Project Directors and State Literacy Mission officers participated and made suggestions. They had agreed to implement this scheme in their respective states.
To make people 15 years or above literate, the government had launched ‘Padhna-Writana Abhiyan’ under the adult education program which will end this month. Many recommendations have been made regarding adult education in the new National Education Policy. Therefore, these recommendations will be included in the new plan.
Focus will be on life skills
This new scheme will be taken forward by linking some aspects of the ‘Reading-Writing Campaign’ and incorporating life skills and other elements in it. Special attention will be given to women, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, minorities and other disadvantaged groups.
In this regard, officials say that priority will be given to those districts where the literacy rate of women according to the current population is below 60 percent. Under this scheme, there will be seminars in villages, panchayats, blocks and cities under the awareness campaign. Along with this, Panchayati Raj Institutions, Mahila Mandals, educational institutions, voluntary organizations will be included in this.
Officials say that under this, the work of making course material and curriculum will be of the states. Along with making people literate, the knowledge of reading the title of the newspaper, understanding traffic signs, filling the application form, writing and reading letters, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division of two digits will be given. Under this, the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) will oversee the subject of literacy assessment.
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