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413 ADULT LITERACY PROJECT IN GUJARAT AND MAHARASHTRA

posted Oct 25, 2018, 6:52 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Oct 25, 2018, 6:53 AM ]

25-October-2019, Mumbai:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) through its two implementing partners: Bosco Gramin Vikas Kendra, Ahmednagar (Maharashtra) and Dristi Don Bosco, Kapadvanj (Gujarat) have taken the cause of illiteracy in rural Maharashtra and Gujarat by dedicatedly implementing the ‘Adult Literacy Project’ in their respective project villages. The project is supported by Tata Consultancy Services Limited (TCS).

Fr Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Director – DBDS) said that, “Over a period of next three years we are committed to reach out to more than 12,000 illiterate people through this project”. The project began in July 2018 with identification of villages with illiterate population and outreaching to them to motivate them to join literacy classes.

In the beginning adult people were hesitant to join classes due to various personal, cultural and social factors but with constant encouragement from the Don Bosco staff they have now overcome their hesitation. The facilitators use various creative methods to teach alphabets, words, numbers and counting and employ group activities also to teach the adult people – rather than mere conventional classrooms sessions.

“All the classes under this project are run free of cost and in addition books and other stationery is supplied free to adult learners,” added Mr Mahesh Kumar (Senior Program Manager – DBDS). The state coordinators from TCS recently visited the adult literacy classes and conducted their supervision exercise in Ahmednagar. They were very happy to interact with the ‘adult learners’.

Mrs Anita Bhaskar Marathe (project beneficiary) said, “I never dreamt that I would ever learn to read and write – especially writing my own name. I am grateful to Don Bosco for this project.”