1 Crore Citizens Illiterate in Maharashtra : Reveals Directorate Of Education Planning’s Report

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The state of Maharashtra is taking significant strides towards eliminating illiteracy with an ambitious plan announced by the Directorate of Education (Planning). In a country that aspires to become a global superpower, it is disheartening to note that over five crore people are still grappling with illiteracy, out of which a staggering fifty-two crore reside in Maharashtra alone. However, there is hope on the horizon, as efforts are underway to empower these citizens with education by the year 2027.

The first step towards this noble goal is the appointment of one volunteer for every ten illiterate individuals. This volunteer force will comprise college students, Anganwadi workers, NCC, and Nehru Yuva Kendra youth, who have attained at least an 8th-grade education. Their dedication and support will be pivotal in transforming the lives of the illiterate population.

According to recent data, there are approximately one crore 63 lakh illiterates in the state. Among the districts, Pune tops the list with 10 lakh 67 thousand 823 illiterate individuals. The districts of Nashik, Solapur, Ahmednagar, Palghar, Jalgaon, Mumbai, Nanded, and Thane collectively account for 73 lakh 61 lakh 460 illiterate citizens.

A noteworthy aspect of this endeavor is the recognition that some of the illiterate individuals possess basic mobile handling skills but lack even the knowledge of alphabets. To cater to their needs, online education on mobile platforms will be provided. The focus will initially be on individuals aged 15 to 35, empowering them with crucial literacy skills.

Inclusivity is a core principle of this initiative, as priority will be given to women, girls, Scheduled Castes, OBCs, minorities, construction workers, and laborers. The volunteers will devote an hour before and after school to teach the illiterate population, and the education will be offered free of cost at ‘Aaple Sarkar’ Seva Kendras.

The Maharashtra State Open Vidyalaya Board in Pune will conduct two tests each year for illiterates. The first-level measurement test will be held during Diwali, and the second one will take place in February. Those who successfully pass both exams will be eligible to appear for the fifth, eighth, tenth, and twelfth-grade examinations.

This ambitious plan reflects the state’s commitment to empower its citizens with education and eradicate the scourge of illiteracy. Through the joint efforts of volunteers, educational institutions, and government support, Maharashtra envisions a future where every citizen can read and write, contributing to a more prosperous and inclusive society.