Kannur: 63, 554 persons in the state gained literacy through different literary schemes within two years. This is fifteen times the number when compared to the previous year. The increase in number is attributed identifying the illiterate persons through a survey conducted in 200 wards where continuing education centres are situated.
However, more than 20 lakh people in Kerala are still illiterate. They are unable to read or write their own name. The Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority is aiming for 100 percent literacy rate by the next population census. It has implemented several projects to identify the illiterates and educate them.
As per UNESCO guidelines, if a state has literacy rate more 90 percent, it can be declared as completely literate. Kerala has a literacy rate of 93.4 percent.
Important facts on literary schemes:
- In a new record, 49566 persons have registered for the literacy programme
- 36,770 from rural Attapadi and 4309 from Wayanad were educated through literacy scheme. Fourth standard equivalent exam is also conducted here.
- From the coastal regions, 6683 persons turned literate through ‘Aksharasagaram’ project from Thiruvananthapuram, Malappuram, Kollam, Kasaragod, Ernakulam and Kozhikode districts in the first and second phase of the project.
- 1996 persons became literate from the tribal colonies through ‘Samagra’ project.
- The survey conducted for ‘Aksharasaksharathayude Velichathilek Aralaksham’ project which is implemented as part of the 1000 day celebrations of the LDF government, is in its final phase.
- The survey identifies 2000 most backward colonies from each panchayat and will educate 25 persons from each colonies. A total of 50,000 people will become literate through this project.