Literacy Programmes

 

 
Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority is presently focusing its attention on the Equivalency Programme. As the name indicates, the objective of the programme is to provide an alternate education programme that is equivalent to the existing formal system of education. This programme is aimed at the neo-literates who aspire to continue their education, which would enable them to stand on a par with others who have successfully completed their course of study in the formal system of education.In Kerala, the Equivalency Programme is steadily gaining momentum. Three phases of Equivalency have been identified viz. standard IV, VII and X. One batch of phase I equivalency programme has already been completed certifying 1600 of the 2600 learners registered.
 
The overwhelming response for the IV Equivalency Programme has prompted KSLMA to start the VII standard Equivalency Course. The course has already begun and around 16,945 learners have registered for the same.Taking into account the huge demand from gulf countries and also from around the state for X std. Equivalency Examination, the Literacy Mission has decided to start the X std. Equivalency course. The government approval for the same has already been obtained. The curriculum and syllabus have been prepared and Text books are also ready.A State-level core team has been formed to plan and implement the equivalency programme in the State.
 
So for the following activities have been completed in this regard:
1.Completed the preparation of Textbooks for Standard IV and Standard VII
2.Completed the preparation of Handbooks for IV and VII
3.Conducted state-level training of Equivalency Key Resource Persons (ERPs)
4.Completed training for instructors in all the 14 districts
 
Illiteracy and Poverty are closely related. Efforts to eradicate illiteracy should be linked with poverty alleviation Programmes to make it effective. Income generating activities, being part and parcel of the poverty alleviation programme, is one of the thrust areas of the CE Programme. Moreover, in order to retain the learners in the literacy as well equivalency classes, avenues for self employment training as well as income generating activities are to be provided.With this end in view KSLMA is engaged in providing vocational training. They are organised by KSLMA on its own and also in association with other agencies such as SRC, JSS, Community Polytechnics etc.
 
As a result, a large number of self-employment units have come up. They include units for making umbrellas, a variety of soaps, converting waste materials to fertilizers, vermiculture, candle making, basket making, brick making, mushroom cultivation, ethnic food, poultry units, pickle making, agarbathi making, tailoring, embroidery, computer training, fishing net weaving, family restaurants, handicrafts, bamboo crafts and so on.
 
The major components of IGP implemented by KSLMA are:
1.Vocational Training Programmes
2.Vocational training along with equivalency classes (one of the subjects of equivalency is vocational training)
3.Skill development Programmes
4.Marketing facilities for the products
5.Exhibition-cum-Sale of the products of Self Help Groups
 

QLIP is designed to enhance the well being of the community. This aims to equip learners and the community with essential knowledge, attitudes, values, and skills to enable them to improve quality of life as individuals as well as members of community. KSLMA has been making earnest efforts to implement quality of life improvement programs as they help to raise living standards and to improve quality of life through education, the role of KSLMA is to facilitate positive social change through literacy. However, it may not be possible to address all aspects of quality of life through educational programs alone. KSLMA is mainly concerned with creating awareness among the people on how to better their quality of life. KSLMA has so far conducted a number of awareness programs covering different aspects of life such as family welfare, health, counseling, nutrition, drinking water, sanitation, population education, environment, social service, communal harmony and so on.

 
 

The Continuing Education Program aims at providing opportunities for individuals to participate in and learn about their chosen social, cultural, spiritual, health, physical and artistic interests. In contrast to Quality of Life Improvement Programme which aims to establish a common base-line of effective living for all citizens, the objective of HPPs is to provide learning experience to promote and improve individual interest of all adults, especially people such as youth, women and the elderly people in rural areas. The focus of HPPs is on personal development by providing opportunities for promotion of specialized individual interests that may lead to improvement in the quality of human resources of the society. The activities of KSLMA include a wide variety of learning Programs which encourage people to constructively utilize their leisure time and also simultaneously facilitate self-activation and life improvement. KSLMA identify individual interest which may be catered through these Programs. They are leisure time interests such as sports or hobbies, cultural interests such as part, painting, drawing, traditional music, dance, and drama and so on. Each CEC attempts to identify the individual interest of the beneficiaries. When they are identified, specific programs are conducted to promote them. For instance a number of centers are conducting programs on music, dance, drawing, painting, public speaking, acting, singing and so on.

 

 

 

For more information, visit: www.literacymissionkerala.org