RILM's Adult Literacy Program aims to impart functional literacy to non-literate adults (15+ age) across India and then engage literate young adults in skill development training through various resource organizations.
According to "Education for All Global Monitoring Report, 2013-14: Teaching and Learning: Achieving Quality for All", published by the UNESCO, India has the highest population of non-literate adults at 287 million, amounting to 37% of the global total.
Although the Government of India launched the Saakshar Bharat Program in 2009, which aims to introduce a variety of teaching-learning programs for nonliterates and neo-literates between 15-35 years of age, in rural areas, the issue of illiteracy among the large number of non-literate adults residing in the urban areas remains unaddressed.
Achievements : Under the Adult Literacy program 87,870 adults have been made literate through Diksha and Swabhimaan.
Who is a Literate Adult?
According to the National Literacy Mission Authority, Government of India, a literate adult is one who can: 1. Read aloud at a speed of 30 words per minute 2. Read and understand road signs, posters and newspapers 3. Understand and copy 7 words per minute 4. Take dictation at the speed of 7 words per minute 5. Read and write numbers from 1 to 100 6. Perform simple calculations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Activities under the program :
1. DIKSHA - One-to-One Approach
In this approach student-volunteers from schools/colleges are engaged in providing functional literacy classes to non-literate adults (15+ age) over a period of 45-60 days. The learners are advised to appear for the NIOS examination at the end of the project, which takes place in March and August every year. On clearing the examination the learners are certified as functionally literate. It is important to note that the ideal time to implement DIKSHA is during vacations (session break/summer vacation) as the students would have time to engage in extra-curricular activities. However it can be implemented at other times of the year as well, depending on the willingness of the school authorities.
2. SWABHIMAAN – Dignity through Education
Swabhimaan envisions setting up of Swabhimaan Centres (SC) across India, in centralized locations, to impart functional literacy to non-literate adults (15+ years). Maximum 30 learners can be enrolled per batch and multiple batches can run in one SC. The main resource person for this intervention is the teacher, who is solely responsible for coordinating the project, tracking and reporting the progress of the learners. It can directly be implemented by Clubs or by NGOs identified either by Clubs and/or RILM Office.
The learners appear for the NIOS examination at the end of the course.
Basic Literacy Assessment under National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS)
The National Institute of Open schooling conducts a Basic Literacy Assessment every year in March and August. The learners enrolled in our Adult Literacy program appear this examination at the end of the literacy course. The learners need to be registered on the RILM website two months prior to the examination date. The learners are certified by the government as literate on clearing the Basic Literacy Assessment.
Rotary India Literacy Mission signed an agreement with the National Institute of Open Schooling on 31st July, 2017 at the NIOS office in Delhi. This agreement will ensure the conducting of Basic Literacy Program (BLP) Assessment in accordance with the NIOS equivalency program for non-literate adults, above 15 years of age, who have undertaken the literacy course under RILM’s Adult Literacy Program.
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