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
■ 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."