India on need for adult education to overcome Illiteracy challenge

Naidu said, "We're proving ourselves the best in IT and moving towards digitalization but basic adult education needs greater attention.

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India on need for adult education to overcome Illiteracy challenge

Stressing the need for adult education, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said, a country cannot claim itself to be developed if even 15 percent of its population is not educated.

Naidu said, “We’re proving ourselves the best in IT and moving towards digitalization but basic adult education needs greater attention. A country cannot claim itself to be developed if even 15% of its population is not educated. It is a challenge for the country and leadership”.

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“We have made significant steps in the field of education over the past 7 decades. However, there still exists a big imbalance in basic literacy skills in our society which is a cause of concern,” he added.

For eradicating illiteracy in mission mode, Naidu advised the schools to encourage their students to begin adult education drives in their areas on weekends. “Students should be given some extra marks for such activities,” he said.

Naidu made the following comments after presenting the Nehru and Tagore Literacy Awards, organized by the Indian Adult Education Association (IAEA), to individuals and institutions that have made noteworthy contributions to the field of education and national development.

“Praising the New Education Policy- 2020 for its due emphasis on various aspects of adult education, Shri Naidu said that this approach opens new vistas of growth and development through availing lifelong opportunities of socio-economic and cultural development,” said the press release.

“The New Education Policy not only focuses on providing quality education but also seeks to develop character, inculcate scientific temper, promote creativity, the spirit of service, and equip students with the capabilities to meet 21st-century challenges. It recommends multiple avenues including crowdfunding and utilizing online and app-based technology, satellite-based television channels, online study resources, and libraries for the development and promotion of adult education centers,” he said in the official statement.

“It recommends multiple avenues including crowdfunding and utilizing online and app-based technology, satellite-based television channels, online study resources and libraries for the development and promotion of adult education centers,” he added.

Source: Business Standard, India Today

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