Around 5,000 persons in the district will be made literate through the New India Literacy Programme, which is being jointly implemented by the Union government and the Kerala Literacy Mission.
A campaign has been launched to include more persons under the ambit of the literacy programme. As many as 3,750 women and 1,250 men will be part of the campaign. Of them, 630 are from the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities while there are 3,170 persons under the general and other categories, according to an official communication.
The campaign is aimed at making people from various sections of the society literate. They include tribespeople, transgender persons, fisherfolk, cashew and MNREGA workers, and members of the Kudumbashree network.
Local bodies will take the lead in setting up organising committees for the campaign. According to the National Literacy Mission guidelines, volunteers who have completed Class 10 will be asked to take classes for learners of Classes 8 to 10.
Classes will be held as per the revised curriculum prepared by the Literacy Mission. The duration of the learning modules is 120 hours. The focus will be on areas like basic literacy, maths, life and employment skills, and continuing education. Other topics listed include child care, disaster management, Yoga, first aid, road traffic, and accident management.
A survey will be held to collect details of beneficiaries. Members of the survey team will visit households in batches to collect data. Resource persons will be appointed at the ward level to train teachers involved in the process. Learners will be given a chance to appear for exams as per a convenient schedule.