A native to Chandigarh, Shabella Sandhu, who aspires to become a bureaucrat, is an active NSS volunteer. She’s an avid reader and a poetry writer too.
The former UN Secretary-General ” Kofi Annan ” has rightly regarded literacy as a bridge from misery to hope. Literacy in layman words simply regarded as the ability to read and write. But in today’s world of cut throat competition and survival of the fittest, literacy has come a long way ahead in broadening its aspect and reach. It provide individuals with an ample room to manoeuvre their learning base to strengthen the skills and showcase the abilities.
Literacy and education though being poles apart are linked to one another. Literacy is a first step to education and lays the solid foundation for the education to withstand and prosper leading to complete development of a person in terms of knowledge, sensibility and most important, conduct in varying circumstances.
With the advent of the digital age, imparting education has become much more easier than it was a few decades ago. Those who are willing to learn something new are usually one click away to getting what they want. Thus these new trends in digital literacy is making strides in enthusing people with plethora of knowledge and raising awareness among them. Digital literacy like WhatsApp etc.. has come to the fore in breaking the social isolation that senior citizens undergoes. It is a means of empowering them to live with dignity and self reliance.
Improved literacy can contribute to higher economic standards, reducing poverty and crime rates and promoting democracy. Literacy programmes also contributes in enhancing the cultural diversity and preserving social fabric of a country. As far as the adult health education plan is concerned, the great strength of this programme has been the participation of women. This programme has given a great opportunity to adult females who were illiterate. They had been denied the access of formal schooling. Now most of them have overcome from this deprivation. It helped them to improve their status within the family by having a say in decision making and gain respect within and outside the family. In most of the villages, it has also been observed that women are becoming the main promoter of education for their children. The adult education programme has provided them a golden chance to read, write and enhance their skills, knowledge and awareness. Small steps like free education, vocational training, empowering educated teachers etc can pave the way for higher literacy rates. The European countries have the least crime rate in the world and have the highest literacy in the world . A literate society is peaceful, calm and helps in living a life in the best possible way. In contrary the African countries are the most underdeveloped countries and they have the least literacy rate. This is the reason why despite being rich in terms of natural resources they have been unable to harness it whereas countries like Japan who are lacking in terms of natural resources come out as strong economies just because of the high literacy rate.
A son of fisherman becomes the Missile Man of India and later the most loved Prime Minister of India (APJ Abdul Kalam). People from the downtrodden villages are becoming bureaucrats. Literacy is thus what drives us from misery and gives us tools to make our lives better. A literate person has the ability to achieve any dream or goal he laid his eyes on and become an independent and confident person