"Blessed are not only those who hear but also who reads it"
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. (Rev. 1:3, ESV)
Why? Think. India!
According to “Education for All Global Monitoring Report, 2013-14: Teaching and Learning: Achieving quality for All” published by the United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organisation(UNESCO), India has the highest population of illiterate adults at 287 million.
Thus India accounts for 37% of the world’s adult illiterate population. And as per Population Census of India 2011, the total literacy rate in India is at 74.04%. Of this, the male literacy rate is 82.14% and female literacy rate is 65.46%.
Who is an Adult Literate?
According to the National Literacy Mission Authority (NLMA), an adult literate is one who can:
1. Read aloud at a speed of 30 words per minute
2. Read with understanding road signs, posters and news papers
3. Copy with understanding 7 words per minute
4. Take dictation at the rate of 7 words per minute
5. Read and write numbers from 1 to 100
6. Do simple calculation of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
Conversely, an adult illiterate is one who when tested cannot perform any of the above functions.
Target Group and
Who are the Target Groups for Adult Literacy?
- Adult (15+ years) non-literates in urban slums/basti and rural areas proximate to MCS MISSION working regions
- The emphasis is on working women, adolescent girls and mothers/home-makers.
Mission Objective is to:
i. Educate adult non-literates (i.e. Reading, Writing and basic arithmetic) especially in rural areas.
ii. Encourage newly literate persons to continuing education.
iii. Impart skill development training to adult newly literates, self-awareness in social conscience, and provide community health counselling.