India has by far the largest population of illiterate adults at 287 million, amounting to 37% of the global total, a United Nations report said highlighting the huge disparities existing in education levels of the country’s rich and poor. This bane of widespread illiteracy has created impediments and hurdles in the lives of masses and has further pushed them back into the vicious circle of poverty. Their inability to read, write and calculate often leaves them vulnerable to the clutches of exploitation.
We got familiar with few major issues which prevail within our target communities due to our constant interface with them. The evil of illiteracy is widespread in the Indian society and it has been curtailing their opportunities to come out of poverty and lead productive lives. Badlaav aims at imparting functional literacy to adult illiterates who lies in the productive age group. We are keen to empower masses to independently meet the reading and writing demands which society places on them.
Empower Foundation is working at the grass root level to provide functional literacy is provided through the medium of non formal education techniques.
Communities will get the opportunity to come together to seek learning and this process facilitates the transformation of the society at large.
Badlaav is an effort to make people lettered and to deal with intertwined issues central to the livelihoods of many just people in rural, semi urban and urban landscapes.
Individuals who have never been to school
Individuals who have attended school but have forgotten the acquired learnings
Individuals who are semi – literates
Individuals who are drop – outs of formal education
Some of the other major outcomes of the project are
The non formal education model for this particular program aims to be as useful and practical as possible. The model aims to digress from theoretical learning which is usually practised in a formal setting. Instead it wants to focus on practice and activity oriented learning which will help the target group in their day to day functionality problems. The model aims to impart crisp and specific content for the group so as it to make maximum impact and minimise any wastage of time by imparting knowledge that might be considered ‘useless’ or ‘unnecessary’ by the group.
The content can be broadly classified into four parts:
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