Where aging mothers aced literacy exams

- PRAKASH BARAL, Baglung
Where aging mothers aced literacy exams

Jun 16, 2014-Well past adulthood, and at an age to spend time with grandchildren, the elderly of Lekhani competed with each other to ace examinations at the end of the three-month long literacy campaign.

And the participants (comprising mostly of women) successfully completed the literacy campaign that included dictation writing and learning test to analyse their ability to read and write.

“But we have requested them to teach us once again as our appetite for learning is yet to be fully realised,” said Parbati Kaucha, a participant who scored full marks in the examination. Expressing their desire to be able to keep up with their children, the participants looked forward to understanding what their children learn in school.

A total of five women had aced the examinations, while almost 90 percent of the participants passed the examinations with flying colours.

The success rate of the participants surprised the resource centre officials. “We had assumed that only a few would pass the examinations. We were left unprepared to reward the participants after five of them attained full marks,” said resource person Umanath Sharma. The five were rewarded with Rs 500 each while the rest recieved Rs 300 each.

A total of 231 elderly had participated in the campaign intended to provide informal education to everyone aged above 15 and deprived of formal education.

According to the facilitator Manisha Kandel, most women after completing classes were able to write essays about their village and various other topics. Participant Dilmaya Rokaya, 70, said she had taken the classes in order to be able express her thoughts in writing. “Our lives were limited from the fields to the kitchen but I pray that our daughters and daughter-in-laws may not have to share the same fate,” Rokaya said. Meanwhile, three VDCs have been declared fully literate and 12 having received compulsory education.

Published: 17-06-2014 09:17

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