World Literacy Day, also known as International Literacy Day, is celebrated on September 8 every year. This day is celebrated all around the world to spread awareness about the importance of literacy to individuals, societies, and communities. It is celebrated to spread awareness for every individual to know their social and individual rights
India is a developing country and for any nation to be developed, education is the very foundation to build sustainable future for all. As we need food to live, likewise education is necessary for social and personal development. Being one of the most populated countries, India is burdened with high rate of poverty and gender inequality. To eliminate these issues and for overall growth and uplift, India needs to have a literate society.
Literacy is not only the way to get employment; it also encourages one to know human rights so that everyone can get what they deserve. Many of our fellow Indians face hardships, difficulties and humiliation on a daily basis all because of illiteracy. Hence, it is time to remove all of these difficulties by increasing the rate of literacy.
Let’s look at the ways we can contribute in improving the literacy rate in India:
- Encouraging women to study
One educated woman in a family will create a learning environment at home. Providing scholarships, free education and special awards to women will increase their interest to pursue education.
- Teaching in mother tongue
Children find learning easy if the conversation is in mother tongue. So we must encourage teaching in mother tongue.
- Fostering love for reading
Handing free books is not enough; fostering love for reading should be the aim. To develop love for reading, emphasis should be laid on reading story books and storytelling in local language. This is one of the keys to make reading interesting.
- Use of technology in a wise way
Another way is use of technology but in a wide way. Many audio-video books are available for academic purposes. Technology can create an interest in children towards education. Low-cost, solar-powered electricity can be used in classrooms with regular electricity supply. Offering free online resources to improve early reading would be a good add on.
- Volunteering for the cause
Every citizen, whether worker or scholar should be given a task of volunteering to educate children in at least their own neighbourhoods. Local survey groups can target the area to analyse and formulate plan to cover up the population in bringing up the rate of literacy in India.
Though there are many other factors that can be applied while trying to deal with illiteracy in India, the ways mentioned above should have significant impact on education for the underprivileged section of our society.
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