The Ministry of Education has announced a new scheme called the “New India Literacy Program,” which has been approved by the government for the fiscal years 2022-2027 and will cover all aspects of Adult Education in accordance with the National Education Policy 2020.
The scheme’s goals are to teach not only foundational literacy and numeracy, but also critical life skills (such as financial literacy, digital literacy, commercial skills, health care, and awareness, child care and education, and family welfare); vocational skills development (with the goal of obtaining local employment); and basic education (including preparatory, middle, and high school) (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).
Volunteerism in the form of online volunteering will be used to carry out the scheme. Face-to-face training, orientation, and workshops for volunteers are all possible. All materials and resources will be made available digitally for registered volunteers to access via easily accessible digital modes such as television, radio, mobile phone-based free/open-source Apps/portals, and so on. Nonliterates aged 15 and up will be covered by the scheme in all states and UTs across the country.