India has by far the largest population of illiterate adults at 287 million, amounting to 37% of the global total. Such illiterate and uneducated adults are dependent on others for even simple daily tasks. Among these adults, women are particularly vulnerable in the Indian context. Empower Foundation's project - BADLAAV is designed to provide functional literacy and awareness on rights and entitlements to illiterate women within the age group of 16-45 years.
The bane of illiteracy is widespread among women as they were not encouraged to attain formal education due to deeply rooted patriarchy in India. Today, these women face hurdles in their daily lives as their inability to read and write constrain them in adding value in important life events like school admission of their children and parent-teacher meets. They also face hurdles in earning a decent livelihood for their own survival. Illiteracy makes them vulnerable to socio-economic exploitation.
We aim to impart functional literacy to adult illiterate women in the age group of 16-45 years. The objective is to give an opportunity to these women to learn how to read and write in their regional languages and to carry out daily monetary and bank transactions. They will also be made aware of their socio-political surroundings and the stakeholders who can help them to connect to various government welfare schemes. The project entails a 3 month's literacy program using innovative techniques.
The project will provide the ability to read, write, do basic arithmetic and impart knowledge about government schemes to 1000 women, in 30 batches of 30-35 each. This intervention will also build their ability to perform bank operations and participate in school activities such as parent-teacher meets. Also, helps women in becoming aware of their legal rights and entitlements. The consequent empowerment of these women will ensure and safeguard the right to education of their girl children also.