सीखेंगे और सिखाएंगे: साक्षरता केंद्र की टीचर्स की ज़िन्दगी

हमारी संस्था प्रौढ़ महिलाओं के साथ शिक्षा और साक्षरता का काम कई सालों से करती आ रही है, इस कार्यक्रम के तहत महिलाएँ अपने ही गाँव में खुले हुए साक्षरता केंद्र में रोज़ाना आकर अक्षर, मात्रा, गणित की क्षमताओं को सीखने के साथ साथ बहुत से मुद्दों पर समझ बनाने का काम करती हैं। इन महिलाओं को सिखाने का काम सेंटर की टीचरों का होता है, जो उसी गाँव से या पास के गाँव से आती हैं और हर रोज़ दो से तीन घंटे महिलाओं के साथ बिताती हैं।

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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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“I Am Going Solo” – Women and Their Travel Stories

“The map was just an accessory. She knew exactly where she was.” ― Galt Niederhoffer

To step out of the house, travel to faraway places, explore the world or even loiter in the in the narrow alleys in one own city is a joy that women are most often kept away from. Famously, explorers in history and fables have always been and portrayed as male. It’s worth exploring why none of these words ever  bring to mind the image of a woman who steps out of her house, to have a nice time, travels to different places alone, or just loiter around?

Travelling has its own zest which fills people with excitement, anticipation, and thrill. Women have time and again spoken about their passion for adventure and traveling, though only some have managed to see these dreams to fruition. Why? The control of underlying structures of patriarchy on women’s bodies and their sexuality have set rigid norms to limit mobility, decision making, and financial independence of women. Travel often involves transgressing several of these norms and facing social reproach in its wake.

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