As per Census 2011, the absolute number of non-literates in the country, who are 15 years and above, is 25.76 crore. It is estimated that currently, around 18.12 crore adults are still non-literate.
Objectives of New India Literacy Programme:
To impart not only foundational literacy and numeracy but also to cover other components which are necessary for a citizen of 21st century such as
- critical life skills(including financial literacy, digital literacy, commercial skills, health care and awareness, child care and education, and family welfare); vocational skills development (with a view towards obtaining local employment);
- basic education(including preparatory, middle, and secondary stage equivalency); and
- continuing education(including engaging holistic adult education courses in arts, sciences, technology, culture, sports, and recreation, as well as other topics of interest or use to local learners, such as more advanced material on critical life skills).
New India Literacy Programme implementation:
- The scheme will be implemented through volunteerism through online mode.
- All material and resources shall be provided digitally for easy access to registered volunteers through easily accessible digital modes, viz, TV, radio, cell phone-based free/open-source Apps/portals, etc.
Salient Features of the scheme:
- School will be Unit for implementation of the scheme.
- Schools to be used for conducting survey of beneficiaries and Voluntary Teachers (VTs).
- Foundational Literacy and Numeracy will be imparted through Critical Life Skills to all non-literates in the age group of 15 years and above.
- Performance Grading Index (PGI) for State/UT and district level will show the performance of States and UTs to implement the scheme and achievements on yearly basis by weighing both the physical and financial progress through UDISE portal.
From now onwards the term “Education For All” will be used in place of “Adult Education” by the Ministry as the terminology “Adult Education” is not incorporating appropriately all non-literates of 15 years and above age group.