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Saakshar Bharat

  • 27 Nov 2019
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Female literacy rate in Telangana’s Sangareddy district has increased drastically by the district administration’s help and support.

India’s female literacy rate is 65.46%.

Key Points

  • The district administration developed ‘Ammaku Akshara Mala’ (alphabet garland for mother) and involved students in Classes VII to X.
    • They were asked to teach their mothers (mostly members of the Self-Help Groups and not literate) to read and write Telugu alphabets at home.
  • This was done to assist the Saakshar Bharat Mission (SBM) as it faced a shortage of coordinators.

Saakshar Bharat

  • It was formulated in 2009 with the objective of achieving 80% literacy level at the national level, by focusing on adult women literacy.
  • It seeks to create awareness of social disparities and a person’s deprivation on the means for its amelioration and general well being.
  • It has four broader objectives-
    • Imparting functional literacy and numeracy to non-literates.
    • Acquiring equivalency to the formal educational system.
    • Imparting relevant skill development programme.
    • Promote a learning society by providing opportunities for continuing education.
  • The principal target of the programme is to impart functional literacy to 70 million non-literate adults in the age group of 15 years and beyond.
  • It is a centrally-sponsored scheme.

Source: TH

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