The government’s new literacy program, “Padhna Likhna Abhiyan”, will be a leap forward towards achieving the goal of full literacy by 2030, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” said Tuesday.
“The main goal of the program is to provide functional literacy and arithmetic to 57 lakh uneducated and unnumbered adults in rural and urban areas across the country in the age group of 15 years and above,” said Nishank, aged 54, on the International Day of the event Literacy.
“This target mainly includes women, planned castes, planned tribes, minorities and other disadvantaged groups. The program will give priority to districts with a literacy rate of less than 60 percent according to the last census, ”he added.
Padhna Likhna Abhiyan will be a leap forward to meet the goal of full literacy by 2030, he said.
The minister called on all stakeholders, including state governments, civil society organizations, corporations, the intelligentsia and fellow citizens, to work together to transform India into a fully literate society, making the country “Saakshar Bharat-Aatmanirbhar Bharat” (educated India (Self-) dependent India).
“Illiteracy is a sin and a disgrace and must be eradicated. Literacy can play an important role in empowering, transforming and improving the quality of life of individuals and society, especially women and members of disadvantaged groups. There is an urgent need to turn attention to putting everyone in the fold of literacy and formal education to catch up so we can get to the national goal faster, ”said Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre.
“Literacy does not have to be seen as an end in itself. This is particularly relevant to our country as a large part of our population is under 35 years of age. This young population, who is entering the world of work without adequate education and skills, will prevent us from taking full advantage of the demographic dividend. We need to think about how youth can be brought into education and lifelong learning, ”he added.
In order to boost adult education and eradicate illiteracy in the country, the Ministry of Education established Padhna Likhna Abhiyan. The campaign engages and encourages students to teach illiterate people in their respective areas.