The Ministry of Education (MoE) approved a new scheme “New India Literacy Programme” on Wednesday. The scheme has been approved for the next five years to cover all the aspects of adult education to align with the new National Education Policy (NEP).
The ministry has also decided to use “Education For All” instead of “Adult Education” as the previous term did not appropriately represent all non-literates in the 15 years and above age group.
”The objectives of the scheme is to impart not only foundational literacy and numeracy but also to cover other components which are necessary for a citizen of 21st century such as critical life skills including financial literacy, digital literacy, commercial skills, health care and awareness, child care and education, and family welfare, basic education including preparatory, middle, and secondary stage equivalency,” a senior MoE official said.
All the resources shall be provided digitally for easy access to registered volunteers through easily accessible digital modes like TV, radio, cell phone-based free, open-source apps and portals.
The scheme will cover non-literates of the age of 15 years and above in all states and union territories. The target for Foundational Literacy and Numeracy for financial years 2022-27 is 5 crore learners using the Online Teaching, Learning and Assessment System (OTLAS) in collaboration with National Informatics Centre, NCERT and NIOS in which a learner may register him/herself with essential information like name, date of birth, gender, Aadhaar number and mobile number.
The estimated total outlay of “New India Literacy Programme” is Rs 1037.90 crore which includes the Central share of Rs 700 crore and the state share of Rs 337.90 crore respectively for 2022-27.