A literacy shot in the arm

DANG, DEC 11 -

Non-formal education in Dang district is proving beneficial to many in the district, thanks to educational campaigns such as classes for housewives, freed Kamlaris and the elderly, open education and child development centres.

“Non-formal education has played a key role in making people literate. Although the number of

illiterate people is rising due to migration, people attending informal classes are also on the rise,” said District Education Officer Dandapani Ghimire.

He said that the illiteracy rate is slowly declining

from 68 percent last year.

Schools for housewives are being run at Lalmatiya and Ghorahi and an open school in Tulsipur. Five hundred seventy one child development centres are in operation while there are 40 classes for the elderly and 40 classes for women. Likewise, there are 609 schools in the district where 2,399 freed Kamlaris are studying.

Chairperson of the Freed Kamlari Development Forum, Manjita Chaudhary said that lately, Kamlari children and their parents were getting attracted to schools and education. Women have also started taking non-formal classes, having faced difficulties as a result of being illiterate.

A class initiated by six teacher housewives has developed into the Chetana Mahila School. The school offers classes to women and girls who have dropped out of school or have been deprived of any education. “Besides housewives, unmarried girls, who are dropouts due to various reasons, are attending our classes,” said Sumitra Panthi, head teacher at the school. The school operates from 11am to 3pm at the convenience of housewives.

Teacher Rajina Gautam said that the school aims to educate housewives so that they do not face problems in their daily lives and to make sure all of them pass the SLC. She further claimed that the housewives were very eager to learn English.

Similarly, 80 housewives are taking classes at the Grihini Mahila Primary School in Laalmatiya VDC-3. “It has become easier for us to do business on our own. We can operate mobile phones and no one can deceive us now while counting out money,” said Dan Kumari Basnet, 50, of Bhalubang. She said that in the beginning, many locals had laughed at them for their attending classes at such an old age.

Chairman of the school management committee, Mahesh Rijal, said that the number of students enrolling at the school is on the rise.

Posted on: 2012-12-11 08:23