Literacy campaign launched


Himalayan News Service

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Non-Formal Education Centre (NFEC) today launched the literacy campaign in a new way across the country in a bid to draw more illiterates to literacy classes this year.

NFEC said it will mobilise women as motivators and run literacy classes in three phases for nine months a year in pocket areas of the respective districts.

In the past, VDC-selected volunteers used to run literacy classes for six months in two phases beginning from mid-January. The NFEC move follows the budget announcement that a new programme will be formulated to eradicate illiteracy within three years. Women motivators selected from 12,000 wards will shoulder the main responsibility of making the programme effective.

Keshav Dahal, acting director, NFEC, said the centre decided to change the model to attract more illiterates as past programmes were not as effective as expected. “We aim to make around 1 million illiterates literate this year and allocated Rs 700 for the programme,” he said.

Literacy drive committees in the districts will selecting the motivators and district education offices will train them. This is the fourth year of the literacy campaign.

(Source: The Himalayantimes National Daily: Oct 19 2011)