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Female literacy necessary for development: Pallam Raju

Female literacy necessary for development: Pallam Raju
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Female literacy is necessary for socio-economic development in India, Human Resource Development Minister M.M. Pallam Raju said Wednesday. The Union...

Female literacy is necessary for socio-economic development in India, Human Resource Development Minister M.M. Pallam Raju said Wednesday. The Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Dr. MM Pallam Raju, was addressing the colloquium organised by UNESCO on “Advancing towards a Literate Twenty-first Century.” He said that Saakshar Bharat is the world’s largest literacy programme with a futuristic vision and contemporary character, design and architecture.

Since its launch, over 20 million persons have been certified as literate, of which, seventy per cent are women, he stated. The HRM also offered India’s support to other countries for global cooperation on literacy at Paris where he was invited for a special address by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on the occasion of International Literacy Day.

Pallam Raju highlighted India’s strategy of providing free and flexible literacy to all individuals, in the age group of 15 years and above who may have missed the opportunity of formal schooling and are now well past the age of going to school. This strategy is guided by the fact that literacy, especially female literacy, is a pre-requisite to socio-economic development and is located in the Government’s overall policy aimed at empowerment of women. It is in this context that Saakshar Bharat was framed as a programme instrumental in promoting adult literacy and empowerment with a special focus on females in rural areas.
The Programme’s distinctive innovative features like rights perspective, teaching in mother tongue; decentralised and devolved management with increased role of the elected Local self Government along with local communities; convergence, good governance; effective use of ICT; robust monitoring; scientific learner’s assessment etc are scalable and replicable that could guide the literacy programmes in different countries and regions. In recognition of India’s work in literacy UNESCO has conferred the prestigious King Sejong Award on the National Literacy Mission Authority for 2013.
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