Adult Literacy

RILM's Adult Literacy Program aims to impart functional literacy to non-literate adults (15+ age) across India and then engage literate young adults in skill development training through various resource organizations.

According to "Education for All Global Monitoring Report, 2013-14: Teaching and Learning - Achieving Quality for All", published by the UNESCO, India has the highest population of non-literate adults at 287 million, amounting to 37% of the global total.

Although the Government of India launched the Saakshar Bharat Program in 2009, which aims to introduce a variety of teaching-learning programs for nonliterates and neo-literates between 15-35 years of age, in rural areas, the issue of illiteracy among the large number of non-literate adults residing in the urban areas remains unaddressed.

Achievements: Under the Adult Literacy program 88,005 adults have been made literate through Diksha and Swabhimaan.

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Who Is Literate Adult?

According to the National Literacy Mission Authority, Government of India, a literate adult is one who can: 1. Read aloud at a speed of 30 words per minute 2. Read and understand road signs, posters and newspapers 3. Understand and copy 7 words per minute 4. Take dictation at the speed of 7 words per minute 5. Read and write numbers from 1 to 100 6. Perform simple calculations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Activities Under The Program

A. DIKSHA - One-to-one Approach

In this approach student-volunteers from schools/colleges are engaged in providing functional literacy classes to non-literate adults (15+ age) over a period of 45-60 days. The learners are advised to appear for the NIOS examination at the end of the project, which takes place in March and August every year. On clearing the examination the learners are certified as functionally literate. It is important to note that the ideal time to implement DIKSHA is during vacations (session break/summer vacation) as the students would have time to engage in extra-curricular activities. However it can be implemented at other times of the year as well, depending on the willingness of the school authorities.

B. VIDYA - Through partnership with large organizations

There are organizations that have large membership or followers (Example Brahma Kumaries, Rashtriya Sewak Sangh, Association of Muslim Professionals, The Bharat Scouts & Guides and Gayatri Pariwar etc). This approach focuses on building relationship with such organizations and inviting them to be an active partner to achieve the goal of "Total Literacy".

Teaching Material For Adult Literacy Program

For imparting the functional literacy course to the non-literate adults, a Club can use any of the following resources.

  • Primer developed by RILM - It is a primer set of 2 books & additional learning materials, available in multiple languages, to teach literacy and numeracy to the adult learners. It has simple teaching instructions and is very user-friendly. It can be used by a 12 year old child to teach a non-literate adult. Primers can be ordered online through portal, by paying Rs. 100/- per set of primer and Question and Answer booklet. Primers are available in Bengali, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Odiya,Telegu and Gujarati languages. The Club can write an email to for any query.
  • Any other primer that is existing in the State/District/Area. – If any Rotary Club/District knows about the primers other than RILM, available in any language, can use those if found better. In such circumstances, please do share the primer and contact details to obtain the same with RILM office so that it can be made available for others too.

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