New India Literacy Programme(NILP ): NILP called as New India Literacy Programme has been launched by Government of India. NILP is Centrally Sponsored Scheme for implementation during five years from 2022-23 to 2026-27. “New India Literacy Programme” is released to cover all the aspects of Adult Education to align with National Education Policy 2020.
The programme aims to cover a target of 5.00 crore learners during the five years under Foundational Literacy and Numeracy component. Under NILP , the term“Adult Education” will be replaced by “Education For All”. Here we are going to learn aims, objective, vision of New India Literacy Programme(NILP ), A New Scheme of Adult Education for FYs 2022-27.
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New India Literacy Programme Objective
The objectives of the New India Literacy Programme is to support the States and Union Territories in promoting literacy among non-literates for age group of 15 and above. NILP Programme has various objectives which has been mentioned below.
- Foundational literacy and numeracy
- Critical life skills (including financial literacy, digital literacy, commercial skills, health care and awareness, child care and education, and family welfare)
- Vocational skills development (with a view towards obtaining local employment)
- Basic education (including preparatory (classes 3 – 5), middle (classes 6- 8), and secondary stage (classes 9-12) equivalency)
- Continuing education (including engaging holistic adult education courses in arts, sciences, technology, culture, sports, and recreation, as well as other topics of interest or use to local learners, such as more advanced material on critical life skills).
New India Literacy Programme Features
NILP scheme will be implemented through volunteerism through online mode. All material and resources shall be provided digitally.NILP will involve Involvement of school students, pre-service students of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), school teachers, Anganwadi and ASHA workers.
NILP target is 5 crore learners by using “Online Teaching, Learning and Assessment System (OTLAS)” and ICT Material in collaboration with National Informatics Centre, NCERT and NIOS.
- School will be Unit for implementation of the scheme.
- Schools to be used for conducting survey of beneficiaries and Voluntary Teachers (VTs).
- Different strategies are to be adopted for different age cohorts. Flexibility for States/UTs will be provided to undertake innovative activities.
- Foundational Literacy and Numeracy will be imparted through Critical Life Skills to all non-literates in the age group of 15 years and above.
- Use of Technologies to impart Adult Education for wider coverage of the scheme.
- CSR Support may be received by hosting ICT support, providing volunteer support, opening facilitation centres for learners and for providing IT access to economically weak learners in the form of cell phones, etc
- Priority will be given in terms of categories to the Girls and women, SC/ST/OBC/Minorities, Persons with Special Needs (Divyangjans), Marginalized/ Nomadic/ construction workers/ laborers/etc. who can substantially and immediately benefit from adult education.
- The total cost of “New India Literacy Programme” is Rs.1037.90 crore which includes Central share of Rs.700 crore and State share of Rs.337.90 crore respectively for the FYs 2022 -27.
NILP as Janandolan
NILP learners will be encouraged to learn in local languages through online mode i.e. DIKSHA platform in NCERT. Government/Aided schools registered under UDISE are the units of implementation of the scheme which are run by the State/UT Governments.
- As NILP is started with Volunteerism , 3 crore students/children of around 7 lakh schools registered under UDISE along with about 50 lakh Government teachers, Aided and Private schools will participate as volunteer.
- Teacher Education and Higher Education Institutions will also be actively involved as volunteer.
- As for support, NILP will get support from PRIs, Anganwadi workers, ASHA workers, NYSK, NSS and NCC volunteers.
- There will be involvement of community, participation of CSR organizations through volunteerism and through Vidyanjali portal.
- States/UTs will promote individual/ family/ village/ district success stories through various platforms.
- ICT Medium ad electronic, Print, Folk & Inter-personal platforms including social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, YouTube, TV channels, radio, etc. will also be main education transfer mode as “Online Teaching, Learning and Assessment System (OTLAS)”
- Central Portal to be developed by NIC for aggregated data capturing equipped with Mobile App, Online Survey Module, Physical & Financial Modules and Monitoring Framework, etc.
Adult Education Term Replaced with ‘Education for All’
As a progressive step,the term “Education For All” will be replaced with “Adult Education” by the Ministry in view of the fact that the terminology “Adult Education” is not incorporating appropriately all non-literates of 15 years and above age group.
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