Literacy campaign halted in quake-affected districts

- BINOD GHIMIRE, Kathmandu

May 25, 2015-

The government has suspended the adult literacy classes in the districts that have been severely affected by the April 25 earthquake.

The Non Formal Education Centre (NFEC), the body commissioned with the task of conducting the literacy classes, has said that the campaign, Literate Mission Nepal campaign, was put on hold after the Gorkha earthquake and its aftershocks damaged hundreds of community learning centres and schools in several districts.

The government had a plan of eliminating adult illiteracy in the country this year by enrolling 1.74 million adults with special focus on Nuwakot and 16 Tarai districts where illiteracy rate is high.

NFEC Director Baburam Poudel said it is impossible to attain the goal because many district education offices are not in a position to run the classes after the earthquake. He added that the classes will continue in those districts that were not affected by the earthquake.

Literate Mission Nepal was launched in 2009. Since its inception, the government has invested around Rs 6 billion to educate the country’s adult population. Seven districts including Sindhupalchok, Lalitpur, Palpa, Dhading and Mustang have achieved “total literate” status under the campaign so far. Meanwhile, in light of the recent development, NFEC is preparing to withdraw the budget released for the campaign in the districts affected by the earthquake. The government had allocated around Rs 1.1 billion to the campaign for the current fiscal year.

Published: 26-05-2015 07:00

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