Let us think about how illiteracy affects a person’s life in all areas. Such an individual will not be able to read (as you do now) or write, which results in him/her not joining the workforce. They will not be able to make informed decisions that would affect their lives as well as their community. Even if the children of the illiterate go to the same school, they do not receive the same education as that of their peers whose parents are educated. This is the outcome of the lack of awareness illiterate parents hold. So coming back to the question
Why Education? = It is the very backbone of the social and economic development of the whole nation. Poverty can be eradicated by Education. = Education Empowers the Illiterate – enhancing the awareness, quality of life, and skills
UNESCO defines literacy as “the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts.”
The India Census 2011 defines a literate person as, “a person aged seven and above who can both read and write with understanding in any language, is treated as literate. A person, who can only read but cannot write, is not literate.”
Literacy is the ability to read, write and comprehend information in order to communicate effectively. It Empowers and fuels social and human development.
An illiterate person, who cannot read or write, is unable to get a job that would meet his needs and wants, and will be forced to take up opportunities that won’t meet his minimum expectations. FOARA is all geared up to take up the challenge of educating lakhs of children who are out of school in India, Who may never get a chance to receive an education. Your small monthly gift is crucial for FOARA to build a better life for these children. Donate today and give them an opportunity for a happy childhood. Give the gift of education to a child.
India has the world’s largest population of illiterate adults. India has 287 million illiterate adults, this amounts to 37% of the World’s total. India is ranked at 123 out of 135 countries in female literacy rate. 60 lakh children in India are still out-of-school, out of which 47.78% are girls.
There exists a strong tie between poverty and illiteracy. An illiterate person, who cannot read or write, is unable to get a job that would meet his needs and wants, and will be forced to take up opportunities that won’t meet his minimum expectations. This would have a direct impact on his wages, the standard of living and his ability to provide proper education to his children.
In turn his children will not be able to get better education and thereby jobs and would be forced to stay in poverty. Illiterate persons due to lack of knowledge will not be able to access proper healthcare, or understand even their fundamental rights as a citizen, thereby highly likely to be exploited and marginalized.
The Ministry Of Home Affairs conducts a census every 10 years in India. According to the 2011 Census, any person aged seven and above and has the ability to read and write is considered literate. The average literacy rate in India stands at 74.04%
After Independence in 1947 India’s literacy rate was at 12%. Censuses before 1981 the literacy rate was calculated by taking into account the entire population. From the 1991 census, Children aged 0-6 were excluded for precise calculation. In the 2001 Census the literacy rate in India was 64.80%. According to Census 2011 which was the 15th official survey conducted in the country, India managed to achieve a literacy rate of 74.04%. This Increase in Literacy rate was due to an increase in female literacy over the years. While the female literacy rate in India as per Census 2001 was 53.7%, Census 2011 recorded it at 65.5%. This change was due to the implementation of free education in rural areas. So, yes, the Literacy rate is increasing.
Awareness campaigns were launched in rural areas to create awareness among people about the importance of education. They were encouraged to attend or send their children to schools.
The Constitution of India recognizes the importance of education for all and lays down several provisions to ensure proper and effective implementation of educational rights in the country. These include:
These comprise socially, economically, and educationally backward families including those belonging to scheduled castes (SCs), and scheduled tribes (STs).The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, which represents the consequential legislation envisaged under Article 21-A, means that every child has a right to full time elementary education of satisfactory and equitable quality in a formal school which satisfies certain essential norms and standards. With this, India has moved forward to a rights based framework that casts a legal obligation on the Central and State Governments to implement this fundamental child right as enshrined in the Article 21A of the Constitution, in accordance with the provisions of the RTE Act. The RTE Act provides for the:
FOARA has two programs that support Education. They are:
FOARA is all geared up to take up the challenge of educating lakhs of children who are out of school in India, Who may never get a chance to receive an education. Your small monthly gift is crucial for FOARA to build a better life for these children.
Donate today and give them an opportunity for a happy childhood. Give the gift of education to a child. DONATE NOW
A Monthly donation of Rs 750, can educate and feed a child via the Underprivileged Tribal, Costal, Slum Children Feeding & Education program.
A Monthly donation of Rs 1500, can support a child via the Rising Star Program.
Underprivileged Tribal, Costal, Slum Children Feeding & Education program: Aimed at Educating children at the most impoverished locations – Tribal, Costal & Slum
Rising Star Program: Aimed at supporting the Academically Advanced Children from impoverished backgrounds by Quality Education & Nutritional Feeding.