Children have key role to play in eradicating illiteracy: HRD minister

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The National level function to celebrate 52nd International Literacy Day was organised at New Delhi today. While speaking on the occasion, HRD minister Praksah Javadekar said that it is very sad to see a large number of illiterate people in the country even after 70 years of independence. To eradicate illiteracy from India, literacy mission must be a social movement across the country. He further said that the government is committed to make new India which will be a literate India (Saakshar Bharat). A new nationwide programme like Swachh Bharat mission will also be launched to achieve the target timely.

The minister said that children have key role to eradicate illiteracy from our country. He urged all students to come forward and teach their illiterate family members so that they also can read and write. He also said that if we want to achieve target of complete literacy in coming years then we need to work together in the education sector. He also suggested that to increase the pace of learning in illiterate people, we should simplify the material and teaching method so that they can learn easily.

The minister also said that we see education sector as a whole therefore we recently launched ‘Samagra Siksha’ which is an integrated scheme for school education extending support to states from pre-school to senior secondary levels for the first time. Under this scheme about one million schools will get library grant of Rs 5,000 to 20,000 to strengthen the libraries to ensure that “Padhega Bharat, Badhega Bharat”. He further said every school will get sports equipment under the Samagra Shiksha, at the cost of Rs 5,000 for primary, Rs 10,000 for upper primary and up to Rs 25,000 for SSC & HSC schools to inculcate and emphasise relevance of sports to realise the dream of “Khelega India, Khilega India”.

Javadekar said Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) will be expanded from class 6-8 to 6-12 to fulfil Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment to Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao.

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