The “New Indian Literacy Curriculum” for Adult Education Approved by Ministry of Education

A new curriculum titled ‘New India Literacy Programme’ has been approved by the Ministry of Education (MoE) for the next five years which would encompass all elements of adult education and be in line with the new national policy of Education (NEP), according to officials.

Education for all

The ministry also decided to use the term “Education for All” instead of “Adult Education” because the previous term did not correctly represent all illiterates aged 15 and over.

New aims of the literacy program in India

“The objectives of the program are to impart not only basic literacy and numeracy, but also to cover other elements necessary for a 21st century citizen, such as essential life skills,” a senior ministry official said. education.

“And continuing education includes participation in holistic adult education courses in the arts, sciences, technology, culture, sports and recreation, as well as other subjects of interest or of use for local learners, such as more advanced materials on essential life skills,” he said. added.

Scheme to be implemented by volunteering

Further remarking, he said, “The program will be implemented through volunteering through the online mode. Training, orientation, volunteer workshops, can be conducted in face-to-face mode.”

For easy access to registered volunteers through digital modes such as television, radio, free and open source mobile-based apps and portals, all materials and resources will be provided digitally.

Illiterates aged 15 and over will be covered by the program.

The baseline literacy and numeracy target for fiscal years 2022-27 is 5 million learners.

This will be accomplished using the Online Teaching, Learning and Assessment System (OTLAS) in partnership with the National Center for Computing, NCERT and NIOS, where potential learners can register themselves with essential information such as name, date of birth, gender, Aadhaar number and mobile number. number.

Program expenditures for 2022-27

For 2022-27, the total planned expenditure for the New India Literacy Program is Rs 1037.90 crore, which includes a central contribution of Rs 700 crore and a state portion of Rs 337.90 crore.

While states and union territories will have the opportunity to pursue creative activities, schools will serve as the program’s delivery unit and will be used to conduct beneficiary and volunteer teacher surveys.

(With PTI inputs)

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