Role of Adult Literacy in Accessing Citizenship as a Right

The role of literacy in the journey of a ‘citizen’ as simply someone born into the marked geography of the state, to becoming an active and participatory one is unarguably critical.

In a world where the written word is pivotal to its functioning, literacy is a starting step in gaining knowledge so as to participate meaningfully in governance systems, access entitlements, fracture discriminatory power structures as much as for entertainment or choosing careers.

In this sense, literacy and education are inalienable rights to fully engage with the plethora of spaces that the outside world consists of. Moreover, its articulation as a right remains deficient if it is age and gender specific. With this perspective towards the linkages of literacy and citizenship, Nirantar recently organised the National Thematic Consultation on Adult Literacy in the Contemporary context of Skill Building and Digitisation.

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Experiences and Learnings from a Conference on Sustainable Development through Multilingual Education- Part 2

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This is the second part of this article where Prarthana shares her experiences and learnings at the 5th International Conference on Language and Education at UNESCO, Bangkok, where we presented a paper on ‘Breaking the Barriers of Languages in India’.

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Experiences and Learning from a Conference on Sustainable Development through Multilingual Education- Part 1

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Nirantar recently participated in the 5th International Conference on Language and Education at UNESCO, Bangkok, where we presented a paper on ‘Breaking the Barriers of Languages in India’. One of the participants from Nirantar, Prarthana, has described her experiences below of being a part of this platform and has shared her learning from this space.

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जानिये सावित्रीबाई फुले के जीवन से जुड़ी 7 बातें

सावित्रीबाई फुले का नाम कितनी ही बार शिक्षा या फिर नारीवादी मुद्दों के बारे में बात करते हुए आता है। उन्होंने अपने पति ज्योतिराव फुले के साथ मिलकर लड़कियों की शिक्षा तक पहुँच बनाई, जाति प्रथा और जेंडर के आधार पर भेदभाव का विरोध किया, और अपने समय में प्रचलित कई पुराने कायदों को चुनौती दी। उनकी सोच सिर्फ उनके काम में नहीं, बल्कि उनकी पूरी ज़िन्दगी में झलकती है। आइये सुलझाते हैं उनके जीवन के बारे में कुछ पहेलियाँ और जानते हैं उन्हें और बेहतर तरीके से। Continue reading

Chedkhani: The Blurry Lines of Consent and Youth

Chedkhani, for me, was always a form of sexual harassment with terrible consequences on young women’s mobility where they might be forced to discontinue their education, be married off at an early age or face severe violence. But my idea of chedkhani got challenged during an interaction with the girls of our learning centre at Khanpur. While waiting at the centre for other girls to arrive, Roshni (name changed) came and said “Didi yesterday I was going to the park and at the entrance of the park a few boys were sitting. They asked for my name and address but I aggressively retorted and shooed them away”. Hearing this, other girls also jumped to share their experiences and joined the conversation. The most interesting part was that everyone had different ways of looking at such incidents. For some it is scary, but for some it is simultaneously a way of getting attention as is exemplified by Anjali (name changed), “when someone comments I start running hurriedly to avoid the boys but I also feel that I am looking good and at least somebody has noticed me”.

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