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Centre approves New India Literacy Program which aims to educate for a New India

New India Literacy Program

Centre approved New India Literacy Program that aims to educate people

New India Literacy Program – “Education must be a level playing field for everybody.” The national government has established the ‘New India Literacy Program’ in this vein, with the goal of educating more people and covering all aspects of adult education. This is consistent with the 2020 National Education Policy. 
 
A new ‘Education for All’ scheme, formerly known as ‘Adult Education,’ was introduced for the fiscal years 2022-2027 with a budget of Rs. 1,037.90 crores. The Central Share amounts for Rs 700 crores of the total budget sanctioned for this program over a five-year period, while the State Share accounts for Rs 337.90 crores. The program’s goal is to educate nonliterates who are 15 years old or older. According to the government, the goal of this program under the national strategy is to teach citizens of the twenty-first century foundational reading and numeracy abilities. Not only that, but the goal is to teach skills through high-quality, inclusive education and people’s voluntary engagement.

Here are some of the new scheme’s ‘Salient Features’ – New India Literacy Program:  

1. It entails the volunteerism of approximately 3 crore students. 
 
2. A total of 20 lakh students from Teacher Education and Higher Education Institutions are expected to participate. 
 
3. PRIs, Anganwadi workers, ASHA workers, and an estimated 50 lakh NYSK, NSS, and NCC volunteers will lend their support. 
 
4. Participation of philanthropic/CSR organizations through volunteerism and the Vidyanjali portal 
 
5. The new scheme will make use of a variety of media, including print and digital. 
 
6. The term ‘Adult Education’ has been phased out in favor of ‘Education for All.’ 
 
7. For effective implementation of the NILP, different Ministries/Departments must come together. 
 
8. NIC will create a central portal for capturing aggregated data. 
 
9. Literacy assessments will be carried out in local schools using a scientific format to capture real-world learnings and skills for functional literacy. 
 
10. In terms of categories, priority will be given.

The scheme’s goal is to reach 5 crore students with foundational literacy and numeracy skills.

– Basic education and vocational skills development (with the goal of finding local work) (including preparatory, middle, and secondary stage equivalency). 
 
– Adult education classes in the arts, sciences, technology, culture, sports, and recreation, as well as other topics of interest or utility to local learners, are included in continuing education. 
 
– Collaboration with NIC, NCERT, and NIOS to expand the scheme’s reach 

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