Computer-based Functional Literacy Programme – Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal

Launched in February 2000 in the Beeramguda village in Medak district of Andhra Pradesh, this ground-breaking project seeks to combat illiteracy with a new approach to learning, using multimedia and flashcards to fortify the learning experience. The lessons focus on reading, are tailored to fit different languages and even dialects, and are based on the theories of cognition, language and communication. A typical class has between 15 and 20 people and is held in the evening hours. While early in the project most of the instructors were retired teachers, many of the classes are now conducted by those made literate by the project.

Today the CBFL project is operational in more than 1,000 centres in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, and it has helped more than 20,000 people learn the most basic of the three Rs: reading. More centres are in the process of being set up, which means that many more of India’s uneducated will have a shot at a better life. Tamil, Marathi, Hindi and Bengali versions of the programme are all now operating under the programme. Tata claims that if implemented properly, the project can make 90 per cent of India literate in three to five years. […]

Source: UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Literacy projects using ICT
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