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RILM Adult Literacy Primer

The Adult Literacy program

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.

Components of Adult Literacy

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.

Diksha Implementation

B. Swabhimaan – Dignity through Education :

Swabhimaan envisions setting up SwabhimaanCentres (SC) across India, in centralized locations, to impart functional literacy to non-literate adults (15+ years). Maximum 30 learners can be enrolled per batch and multiple batches can run in one SC. The main resource person for this intervention is the teacher, who is solely responsible for coordinating the project, tracking and reporting the progress of the learners. It can directly be implemented by Clubs or by NGOs identified either by Clubs and/or RILM Office.

Swabhimaan implementation

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.

Examination procedure for the Adult Learners


Under the Adult Literacy program 87870 adults have been made literate through Diksha and Swabhimaan.

For any queries write to adultliteracy@rotaryteach.org

Forms and Formats

For Adult Literacy forms click here
Click here to view the Adult Literacy FAQ


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