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Vatsap’s model to curb illiteracy: part 3

I have been reading here and there on this subject. Things are only getting interesting. What I am about to write here has a lot to do with the issue of ‘is akshar-gyaan enough’ raised by Divyanshu in the first post on the topic.

A Businessworld article by Ashok. V. Desai throws interesting facts. To quote him:

Poor people take or keep their children out of school because they cannot afford to educate them; they need their children’s earnings. And even if they could afford to educate their children, the returns on primary school education are not spectacular; against Rs 1,500 for an illiterate, a primary school graduate may get Rs 2,000. And the market for him is much smaller. Whereas an unskilled labourer can get work almost anywhere, a primary school graduate may be able to work in a shop or a godown; such jobs are not easy to come by everywhere.

The data used to make the aforementioned claim comes from National Sample Survey. I am confused. Is it economically justified to curb illiteracy by helping children read and write?

2 replies on “Vatsap’s model to curb illiteracy: part 3”

I would like to provide one better solution – We can use two set of people for uplifting the present scenario –
1) Sophomore Engineering ,Medical,Arts coll students for this scheme. (Compulsory)

We should be asked to work in a school(Near by or Far off) for a semester and teach them the class they are comfortable, capable and willing to teach(It can even be Arts, Photography as not all students are equally interested in everything) . Say if there are 500 students in 3rd year then send half the strength for this in 5th sem and the rest half in next sem, so that they wont miss out the classes and they will also participate in the scheme. This will help them understand the task of Teaching !! We sud be given a target to achieve in that specific period of 6 months – If achieved we can entitle them for 25 – 50 % of Scholarship fees from Govt, instead of paying them in hand, so that Parents also will support this cause.

2) Retired Workforce(Who are Willing)

When they are ready to contribute then their experience in handling resources from work exp will help to handle difficult children and parents for couselling and keeping the children motivated for coming to school regularly and teaching the parents that it would help them in the future to earn a lot and support the whole family. If they do Engineering in good colleges. These older people can be given a job in handling works like Management(Man,cash, Resource from college) Counselling, Regular check of Attendance of students, Feedback implementation. Minimum duration for them sud be 5 years and they sud be benifited with cash or some medical allowances from the best medical colleges/hospitals.

By doing this I think our questions below are answered.

A) Will the children/parent be willing to take up education at the first place?
Point 2) Using retired workforce to make them understand that studying Engg/Medic or BA Lit course will definitely put them in a BPO atleast.

B) How to find and retain the teaching-volunteers over long term?
1) Point wiill answer this.

C) How to avoid corruption in the recruiting process? Point 1&2 will stop corruption.

We can slowly eradicate the Illiteracy in INDIA and also improve the education system in our country. Hope it will help in amending your model.

As Kaadu felt – Just model will not be enough but we need a system in place to implement it. I’m ready to help in amending this model and propose it to the Govt as well. Please let me know if you need any help Vatsa ……….

Vinod

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