International Literacy Day: Education ministry launches new scheme

International Literacy Day: Education ministry launches new scheme
Team Careers360 | Sep 8, 2020 - 5:14 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The ministry of education has announced a new literacy scheme, ‘Padhna Likhna Abhiyan’ on the occasion of International Literacy Day. As per the ministry, the new scheme will be a leap forward to achieve the goal of total Literacy before the target year 2030.

Government has set a target of imparting functional literacy and numeracy to 57 lakh non-literate and non-numerate adults in both rural and urban areas across the country in the age group of 15 years and above.

Today, MoE organised a national level function to celebrate 54th international literacy day through online mode. Union Minister of Education, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said that international literacy day is a moment to consolidate the gains made in the area of literacy, share and learn from National and International experiences, build cooperation among stakeholders, and raise public awareness about the significance of literacy.

Literacy and sustainable development

The minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal said that this year’s International Literacy Day 2020 focuses on ‘Literacy teaching and Learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond’ especially on the role of educators and changing pedagogies. A statement released by MoE said that the theme highlights literacy learning in a lifelong learning perspective, and therefore, it mainly focuses on youths and adults. ILD, 2020 provides an opportunity to reflect on and discuss how innovative and effective pedagogies and teaching methodologies can be used in youth and adult literacy programmes to face the pandemic and beyond.

“The Minister hoped that the new literacy scheme ‘PadhnaLikhnaAbhiyan’ is going to be a leap forward to achieve the goal of Total Literacy by 2030. The principal target of the programme is to impart functional literacy and numeracy to 57 lakh non-literate and non-numerate adults in both rural and urban areas across the country in the age group of 15 years and above,” as the statement by the ministry.

This target group mostly comprises women, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, minorities and other disadvantaged groups. In the scheme, among others, priority will be given to Districts with female literacy rates less than 60%, as per the latest Census.

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