‘New India Literacy Programme’ for adult education approved by Education Ministry

Publicado: 19 febrero 2022 a las 2:00 am

Categorías: Noticias Asia

India/February 19, 2022/Source: https://www.indiatoday.in/

The Ministry of Education has approved a new scheme, ‘New India Literacy Programme’ for adult education spanning over the next five years.

A new scheme titled ‘New India Literacy Programme’ has been approved by the Ministry of Education (MoE) for the next five years which would encompass all elements of adult education and conform with the new National Education Policy (NEP), as per officials.

Education for all

It has also been decided by the ministry to use the term ‘Education For All’ in the place of ‘Adult Education’ because the previous term did not represent all non-literates at 15 years and above age group appropriately.

New India Literacy Programme objectives

«The objectives of the scheme is 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,» said a senior MoE official.

«And continuing education includes engaging in 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,» he added.

Scheme to be implemented through volunteerism

Remarking further, he said, «The scheme will be implemented through volunteerism through online mode. The training, orientation, workshops of volunteers, maybe organized in face-to-face mode.»

For easy access to registered volunteers through digital modes like TV, radio, cell phone-based free, open-source apps and portals, all material and resources will be provided digitally.

Non-literates of the age of 15 years and above will be covered under the scheme.

The Foundational Literacy and Numeracy target for the financial years 2022-27 is 5 crore learners.

This will be accomplished by using Online Teaching, Learning and Assessment System (OTLAS) in partnership with the National Informatics Centre, NCERT and NIOS, where prospective learners can register themselves with essential information like name, date of birth, gender, Aadhaar number and mobile number.

Program outlay for 2022-27

For 2022-27, the total anticipated outlay for the «New India Literacy Programme» is Rs 1037.90 crore, which comprises a central contribution of Rs 700 crore and a state portion of Rs 337.90 crore.

While states and union territories will be given flexibility to pursue creative activities, schools will serve as the scheme’s implementation unit and will be utilised to perform beneficiary and volunteer teacher surveys.

(With PTI inputs)

Source: https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/news/story/-new-india-literacy-programme-for-adult-education-approved-by-education-ministry-1914896-2022-02-18