Kids to play vital role in achieving 100 per cent literacy in India, says HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar


Kids to play vital role in achieving 100 per cent literacy in India, says HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar

With the mission to achieve 100 per cent literacy in India by 2022, the Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar has recently said that children will play a crucial role in attaining the target set by Narendra Modi government.

Here’s what Prakash Javadekar:

“Narendra Modi government has set the target to achieve 100 per cent literacy in the country with the cooperation from states by 2022. Children will play a key role in this mission,” HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said in a recent PTI report.

“In the post independence era, the rate of literacy was only 18 per cent. After 70 years of independence, literacy has reached 81 per cent. Within 20-25 years after independence, 100 per cent literacy should have been achieved in the country but it could not be done. Now the Modi-led government has vowed to eradicate illiteracy in the county by 2022 with cooperation from all the states,” Javadekar said.

The HRD minister made this announcement while addressing the Mukhyamantri Akshar Samman Samaroh and State-level Akshar Sammelan in Ranchi.

Children to act as motivators in spreading literacy:

Furthermore, the minister said, besides “Preraks” (motivators engaged in the Sakshar Bharat Mission to enhance literacy), children will also act as motivators in spreading literacy.

In this way, children will apprise them with the basic knowledge and further ‘preraks’ will guide them, the minister said, adding that an action plan (which will involve children along with preraks to enhance literacy) is being prepared to completely eradicate illiteracy.

“Now almost every child in a family is going to school. Enrolment of children has reached around 98 per cent. Students will pass on their knowledge to their parents, grand-parents and others in the families who have been deprived of it,” he added.

Enrollment of kids who are out of school:

  • All public representatives will be roped in a special drive which is scheduled to be launched next year, to enroll children who are out of schools in the country
  • As reported, under the campaign, all MLAs, public representatives, gram sewaks and sarpanches will be asked to find out every single child who is out of education and admit him/her in schools
  • Also, government officials and employees will be associated with the campaign so that no child would be deprived of education.

“At least 80 lakh children in the country are out of schools. It is a key task to identify and bring those children to schools, and for that purpose we will launch ‘School Chalo Abhiyan’ next year,” said Javadekar.

Promotion of education in remote areas:

Furthermore, Javadekar also praised the steps being initiated by the BJP government in Chhattisgarh for promotion of education in distant areas.

In some districts of the state, the rate of literacy is less than 74 per cent (the state’s average) and that efforts will be made to improve it in the next three years, said Chief Minister Raman Singh.

“Despite the menace of naxalism, Raman Singh government has done a good job in education sector in the tribal-dominated remote areas, as a result of which the students from these regions have qualified for prestigious institutes in the country and civil services. It reflects an improvement in the quality of education in the state,” Javadekar added.

(With inputs from PTI)