Female literacy is a constant challenge in contemporary India, with literacy rates currently being only 65.46% for women, as compared to men’s literacy rate of 82.14%. Acknowledging the central importance of being literate for becoming socially, economically and personally empowered, HPPI, in partnership with Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS), is implementing the adult literacy programme ‘Nai Disha’. In September 2018, the project reached its goal of training 100,000 women in functional literacy, across the states of Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh.

The project uses the proven model of Computer-based Functional Literacy (CBFL) developed by TCS, imparting learning modules through a teaching software, multimedia presentations and printed material delivered by Preraks (facilitators) using laptops. With 89 % of the women in the project being from marginalized communities, the project has provided a platform for these women to challenge discriminatory practices and participate more equally in society. Additionally, more than 29 % of the women are above 45 years of age, proving it is never too late to learn to read and write.

HPPI and TCS has extended the project by 3 months, to benefit 6,250 women in Nuh (Haryana), Alwar (Rajasthan), and Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh) districts.

Nai Disha Women

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