Literacy for All!

SSF has developed the following E G E methodology to reduce the need of a trained teacher and make literacy teaching simple:

  1. ESOLV: Eight Step One Line Verse method
  2. Guruji: Audio-visual Literacy device that draws and pronounces alphabets and numbers
  3. EvaL: Evaluation of Literacy in a simple and interactive manner

Benefits of Literacy

  • Increases employability, literate people are easier to train
  • Increases average wages*
  • Improves productivity – e.g. ability to read information at bus-station, check drug expiry etc
  • Increases awareness of the benefits and schemes
  • Reduces schools drop out rate and increases access to higher education

Source:
Literacy in Everyday Life: Results from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy’, U.S. Department of Education

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Literacy and Education in India

The size of illiterate population in India currently stands at an alarming figure of 2,729 lacs, largest of any nation on earth, according to the recent government census 2011 data.

Literacy is our current and future problem

Current Problem
32% adults (15 and over) are illiterate – obstacle in harnessing huge demographic potential of the country

Future Problem

  1. 7.15 crores children of primary education age are out or will drop-out of primary education system
  2. Female illiteracy is a strong impediment in reducing fertility, in turn stabilizing population, because of reduced used of contraceptives and higher child mortality rate

Sources:

  1. UNESCO Institute for Statistics database
  2. www.unicef.org/india/education_1551.htm
  3. Sarva Sakshar Foundation Analysis
  4. ‘How Female Literacy Affects Fertility: The Case of India’, Asia-Pacific, Population & Policity, December 1990
  5. ‘Women’s Work, Autonomy, and Birth Control: Evidence From Two South India Villages’, Population Studies, July 1996
School system failure due to lack of trained teachers

Status of primary education in rural India is very grim, further increasing the number of illiterate population. Even a very high enrollment rate of 96.7% in rural India has not translated into primary education skills among these children:

  • More than half of the students enrolled in standard 5th cannot read standard 2nd text
  • More than one-third of the students enrolled in standard 8th cannot do a division
  • More than two-third of the students enrolled in standard 5th cannot do a division

More than half of the schools failed to comply with the mandated pupil-teacher ratio (PTR), which we believe is one of the major cause of poor status of primary education. The problem is only augmented by inadequate training and qualification of the existing teachers, poor schooling facilities and no support at home from illiterate parents.

Source:
Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2011, Pratham

Note: We aim to update this page as we learn more about status of literacy and education in India.