The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) launched 'Padhna Likhna Abhiyan'. The initiative aims at encouraging and involving young people to teach illiterate old people.
New Delhi: On Tuesday, The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) launched 'Padhna Likhna Abhiyan'. This is a new literacy policy introduced by the HRD ministry after the successful launch of NEP (National Educational Policy)-2020.
With the launch of this initiative, the ministry aims at achieving 100% literacy rate by 2030.
HRD Minister Mr. Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' at a 54th International Literacy Day event stated, "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."
Mr. Pokhriyal said, "This target 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 per cent as per the latest census."
Mr. Pokhriyal while encouraging and promoting the PM Modi's idea of Aatmanirbahar Bharat said, "All stakeholders, including state governments, civil society organizations, corporate bodies, intelligentsia and fellow citizens must join hands in transforming India to a fully literate society making the country "Saakshar Bharat-Aatmanirbhar Bharat" (literate India, self-reliant India).by 2030"
Under the scheme 'Padhna Likhna Abhiyan' launched by the HRD Ministry, students will be engaged and encouraged to teach illiterate elderly people of their respective areas.
"Literacy need not be viewed 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, entering into the world of work without adequate levels of education and vocational skills will prevent us from taking full advantage of the demographic dividend. We have to think about how the youth can be brought into the ambit of education and lifelong learning," he addressed.