Kohima, April 8: With a view to impart Adult Education (Padhna Likhna Abhiyan), Advisor for School Education, K T Sukhalu today flagged off the teaching-learning materials for three districts — Mokokchung, Tuensang and Kiphire.
In his brief address during the flagging off ceremony held at Directorate of School Education in Kohima, Sukhalu said Nagaland is among States with high literacy rate in the country but it also has a high dropout rate.
He expressed hope that the Adult Education mission, a flagship of the Central government, would help people learn the basics of reading and writing.
Maintaining that this is a technology-driven world and the government has been implementing various Direct Benefit Schemes, he said, “If our people do not know how to read and write, it becomes very difficult to avail the benefits.”
He therefore called upon the teacher of the department to be sincere in taking the programme forward.
He also emphasized on the need to engage the village councils, GBs, students and mothers’ associations to impart adult education. “The responsibility and the onus is on us…we expect a very good result,” he said.
Also speaking on the occasion, Special Secretary for School Education, Kevileno Angami said that the mission launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2020 to meet the challenges of learning and teaching during the Coronavirus pandemic.
It aims to overcome illiteracy, she said. Quoting the 2011 census, she said Nagaland has about 14% illiterate population, which accounts to about 2.75 lakh people out of the 20 lakh population.
Informing that in the initial stage, the programme will reach three districts — Kiphire, Mokokchung and Tuensang — in the next four months, she said the materials are being distributed by the Central government.
She also maintained that the School Education department alone cannot meet the challenges of the mission, but would require involvement and support of the churches, NGOs and students’ bodies.
Principal Director for School Education, Shanavas C hoped that the teachers would cover the greater aspect of literacy, and beyond just teaching how to read and write.
The primary objective of Padhna Likhna Abhiyan is to impart functional literacy to adult illiterates aged 15 and above under a Basic Literacy Programme of the Ministry of Education for a period of one year — 2020 to 2021.
Adult Education, in the Indian context, extends educational option to those adults who have lost the opportunity of getting an education and transcended the age for formal education, and now feel a need for pursuing basic education, vocational education (skill development), equivalency, physical and emotional development, practical arts, applied science, or recreation. Currently, the percentage of adult illiterates in India is around 35% of the world’s total adult illiterates.
In order to ensure complete focus on eradication of illiteracy, the scheme of Adult Education (Padhna Likhna Abhiyan) will be focused on the Basic Literacy component. The Abhiyan will focus on women, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, minorities, other disadvantaged groups and aspirational districts, stated the Education Ministry’s website.
(Page News Service)