Education a man, you educate a
person, but you educate a woman and you educate a whole
civilization- Mahatma Gandhi
India is home to the largest number of illiterate adults in
the world- 287 million persons, amounting to 37% of the global
total. The literacy rate of female Dalits in Raichur is 38.5% which
is far behind India’s progress trend. It is still 30 years behind
Indian’s national literacy Rate which was 43.7 in 1981. India is
ranked 123rd out of 135 countries in female literacy rate.
Vimukti Charitable Trust(r), Pothnal initiated the new program
called “Computer Based Functional Literacy (CBFL)” Programme in 50
back ward villages of Manvi Taluka. The Development focus has
developed an innovative Computer Based Functional Literacy
application in 9 regional languages. This enables an illiterate
person to become functionally literate in 45 days, participating in
sessions of 1 to 2 hours each day.
The programme aims at strengthening and enhancing the reading,
writing and cognitive skills of adults. The specific goal of this
initiative is to address critical gaps in these skill areas by
enhancing the functional literacy of adults especially women,
thereby leading to self –esteem and confidence to engage in
livelihood and economic activities for improved lives. Functional
literacy will further impact people’s ability to understand their
rights and claim their entitlements, enabling them to be able to
influence Government policies that affect them. The progrmme will
use the CBFL application to enable 8,000 adults become functionally
literate in Manvi Taluka in this year.
50 animators have been selected with on animator for each village.
The role of the animator is to train the learners with the aid of
the CBLF application. Since this is a basic literacy course,
animators who have completed their 10th grade and are proficient in
reading, writing, and basic mathematics were selected. 2
coordinators monitor the work of the animators. Each animator is
given a laptop and projector to be able to teach the lesson. On 12th
& 13th August 2017 two days orientation and technical training was
organized at Vimukti premises. Animators agreed that the community
should be involved and participated in the whole process to make it
effective and sustainable.