Providing Functional Literacy to Women in India

 
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Report : Adult Literacy Project: 2009- 2010

It has been considered and simultaneously proved that literacy has always enhanced any regions human capital. Our Adult literacy project for illiterate women to teach them Hindi language started in 2003 with five centers and old donated computers in slums cluster in and around Delhi through computer based functional literacy program (CBFL) Developed by Tata Consultancy Services, CBFL is animated software which provides basic knowledge of Alphabets, numerals and language. An educated lady from the community it self is identified as the center in charge for the cluster and her home serves as the classroom for women beneficiaries. We are running 50 centers for teaching illiterate women on how to read and write Hindi. Each centre has 15 to 20 women studying at one time. So far 3587 women, 32 men and 596 children have studied .At present 880 women and 12 young men are studying in our centers. There have been many success stories of beneficiaries who passed out from our centers. Some of the beneficiaries have excelled in their studies and how conveniently they teach their kids at home .To facilitate their studies in better way study material kit and community activist (CA) training has also been provided. Our target is to increase the number of centers to 60 this year and be able to teach more than 1000 women during this year. Vocational training program was introduced last year by installation eight embroidery machines and introducing training in tailoring .Now this year it is proposed to add a pilot project trades of beauty culture, art & craft etc. The prospect of earning an extra small income has also motivated women to ensure their regular attendance at their centers. Our goal is to expand our Vocational training centers. You would also like to share a success story in our work.

Uremia (50 year old) stature of her age where her grandchildren were going to school it was very difficult for her to step out& start studying from the scratch. When asked by her family members & neighbors she replied with a smile that since .she wants to engage herself. On completion of course she was asked what her motivation has been for joining the center. She replied that since she was illiterate she wanted to read out the Hindi mantras while worshiping and had to ask her grand children for the same. Now after course she can read out mantras on her own. In her words- “now after reading shlokas & mantras (sermon) by my self I feel connected to my god”. 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 organization that manage these initiatives from across the world. Our plans include starting a website to increase our visibility and attract donors. 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. The donors have the option to continue their donation through Global Giving. So far, we have received donations of Rs.2, 70,949/- approximately US$ 6,022.00. To meet the expanses of our project. we need more funds to run the present as well as future Adult literacy centers. Thanks for your support and we look forward to your feedback.

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Project Leader

anil virmani

New Delhi, Delhi India

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