Adult ed­u­ca­tion unit a lot more than lit­er­acy

Ob­jec­tives of the depart­ment are to cre­ate scope for ap­pli­ca­tion of func­tional lit­er­acy, raise aware­ness about women equal­ity

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - IN & AROUND - Eileen Singh eileen.singh@hin­dus­tan­

■ CHANDI­GARH: Im­part­ing ba­sic lit­er­acy skills among school dropouts is the main aim of the adult ed­u­ca­tion unit of the UT ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Two deputy di­rec­tors - Saroj Mit­tal and Chan­chal Singh - head the depart­ment.

The other ob­jec­tives of the depart­ment are to cre­ate a scope for ap­pli­ca­tion of func­tional lit­er­acy to im­prove the qual­ity of life, cre­at­ing aware­ness about women equal­ity, im­prove­ment of eco­nomic con­di­tions and pro­duc­tiv­ity by or­gan­is­ing short-du­ra­tion train­ing pro­grammes to pro­vide vo­ca­tional skills.

Mit­tal said, "We teach peo­ple vo­ca­tional cour­ses so that they can make a liv­ing out of it and we teach them sub­jects they should have knowl­edge about."

The depart­ment has set up 400 con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion cen­ters un­der the national pol­icy of ed­u­ca­tion for lit­er­acy of il­lit­er­ates and neo-lit­er­ates of 22 vil­lages be­sides Labour Colony and slum ar­eas. The cen­tres are run by 400 'pre­raks' or mo­ti­va­tors. Forty nodal in charge su­per­vise these cen­tres and four co­or­di­na­tors fur­ther su­per­vise the 40 nodal in charge. All these staff mem­bers work with the unit on part­time ba­sis.

The deputy di­rec­tor added that, "The depart­ment lays stress on the ed­u­ca­tion of women to make them independent so that they can earn their own liv­ing."

The depart­ment also houses a li­brary and read­ing rooms to cre­ate an environment con­ducive for lit­er­acy ef­forts.

Push­pin­der Ku­mar, in charge of the adult ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre cov­er­ing Behlana and Raipur Khurd vil­lages, said, "My mo­tive is to make all the stu­dents com­ing to the depart­ment independent and give them with all the knowl­edge we can. I in­struct teach­ers to make women aware about laws against do­mes­tic vi­o­lence."

Rama Shankarin, in charge of adult ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre cov­er­ing Labour Colony No 4, said, "I feel proud that I am as­so­ci­ated with this cen­tre as many of our stu­dents have done very well with the help of the train­ing that was im­parted here."

Raja, a cy­cle me­chanic, who has a shop in Raipur Khurd said, "I was taught how to re­pair cy­cles. I am thank­ful to my teach­ers and also to the cen­tre in charge as they mo­ti­vated me to do this. Ear­lier, I strug­gled to make both ends meet."

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