Talk program on Literacy status, challenges and Possibilites

April 1, 2012;

Dr. Sushan Acharaya, an educationist by profession currently working in the department of education, Tribhuvan University has done her Ph.D from USA. She delivered a talk program on Literacy Status, Challenges and Possibilities. Presenting the current literacy in Nepal she presented that the only 51% of women are literate compare to 72% of men, illustrating gender disparity in literacy. She further said that the literacy in central Terai region is lowest in Nepal. It was also highlighted that school enrolment rate also in Terai is very low compared to hill and mountain. The poorest group of people are mostly illiterate. Highlighting some of the challenges Dr. Sushan said that significant number of non formal education classes are not contributing in increasing literate number of people compared to formal education, questioning the quality and significance of non formal education classes Quality of teaching and learning is not very satisfactory as the entire education system is not focusing on functionality of the education and learning for people. Disparity in terms of gender and economic status is widespread and challenges also persist in identifying illiterate people. Absence of trained human resources specially the teachers is yet another challenge in literacy program in Nepal. Highlighting some possibilities she further said, existing community learning centres, being operated by the government could be strengthened to deliver more functional literacy, mobile qualified human resources could be developed and mobilized, rigorous training and continued technical back up could be given to facilitate the functional literacy program. She  also flagged the possibility of considering two pronged strategy for successful literacy program.

In the discussion, Dr. Tamrakar, Secretary of RC Thamel stressed the need to utilize the technology like TV, FM radios and others in literacy program.

In the question and answer session Dr. Sushan stressed the need to implement literacy program in a focused geographical area by organizations like Rotary. The President concluded the talk program with a note of thanks to the speakers and requesting the RI District 3292 to organize a discussion program with educationists before developing plans and program to achieve Mission Total Literacy 2017.

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