Education and Adult Literacy
The Census of 2011 revealed that the literacy rate in India stands at 72.99%, with male literacy at 80.89% and female literacy at a dismal 64.4%. The situation is worse still in rural areas where the overall literacy stands at 67.67% with rural male literacy at 77.15% and rural female literacy at 57.93%. These figures mean that more than 282.59 million individuals continue to be illiterate in India.
Given the key role it plays in community health, voter education, employment generation, and economic development, it is crucial that we work towards ensuring greater literacy among the populace. Towards this end, Udaan will implement Project Vidya. The Project will adopt a multi‐ pronged approach, planned and developed after assessing the needs of a community and keeping in mind their most urgent literacy needs.
Project Vidya will:
- Facilitate the implementation of RTE by enrolling more children in the formal system of education.
- Campaign to help the girl child get enrolled in schools
- Conduct thorough follow‐up to ensure students do not drop‐out of schools.
- Implement adult literacy programmes that will make women and men functional literates, and provide numeracy to non‐literates