Providing Functional Literacy to Women in India

Apr 23, 2014

A progress Report Ending March,2014( # 1784)

Adult Literacy Center -Classroom
Adult Literacy Center -Classroom

Dhanpatmal Virmani Education Trust & Management Society
Roop Nagar, Delhi-110007, Ph. 011-23848903
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Providing Functional Literacy to women in India (1784)
It has been considered and simultaneously proved that literacy always enhances any region’s human capital. With the help of donated computers, in five slum clusters around Delhi, through a computer based functional literacy program (CBFL) developed by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), we started our Adult Literacy project in the year 2004. CBFL is animated software which provides basic knowledge of Hindi alphabets for language and numerals for mathematical activities. For this program an educated lady from the community itself, is identified as the person in charge for the cluster. Her home serves as the classroom for women beneficiaries attending that class. Hence, the system provides a suitable space for illiterate women in their own atmosphere and by the local resident of their community.
It is generally accepted that there can be no lasting peace or social development without education. This is the bedrock on which “Dhanpatmal Virmani Education Trust & Management Society” (DVET) has founded its priority programme- to provide education for all ages, by running centers free of cost. In this context, the Organization’s twin focus is to train the teachers/ community members who are central to the teaching system and to improve the quality of education. This also goes a long way to prevent dropouts and ensure continued attendance.
At present 150 Adult literacy centers in and around Delhi - of which 136 centers are supported by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) -are being successfully run by the Trust. So far 9244 women have passed out from these centers and currently 4500 women are studying. Our target is to have 300 centers and to teach 7000 women in the year 2014.
We have introduced vocational training- courses for tailoring and beauty culture at our selected centers in Delhi, so that the women can earn a little extra for their families. This will help raise their standard of living and self respect in the community as well their own families. We are also supplying books, magazines, news papers and other stationary material to the beneficiaries.
We would also like to be in tune with larger outreach efforts so that we become a part of global charitable funding initiatives and plug in mainline organizations that manage these initiatives from across the world. We are looking for contribution for all these efforts and would be grateful for your support to enable us to carry them forward. We express our gratitude to the donors for making a change in the society.
We envision expanding our centers, so that illiteracy from India is eradicated.
We thank you for your cooperation and donations.

women attend the class room at our Adult Literacy
women attend the class room at our Adult Literacy

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Project Leader

anil virmani

New Delhi, Delhi India

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