‘Padhna-likhna’ campaign, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Sunday that the Centre is working on a scheme under which kids will be encouraged to educate their elders at home.
He visited a family in Jaipur and interacted with the children and urged them to educate their illiterate grandparents. “Preparations are underway and the scheme will be launched in two months. We will also issue study material,” the minister said.
Javadekar, who is the BJP’s poll in-charge in Rajasthan, interacted with people here and took their feedback about the government’s work in the last five years. State Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf, Mayor Ashok Lahoti and other leaders of the party accompanied him.
Under the campaign, students from class 6 to 10 will be roped in for the eradication of illiteracy as they teach illiterate members of their family.
, “The children will be the Guruji of their illiterate family members under the ‘padhna-likhna’ campaign which the HRD ministry is going to launch most likely in next two months. The proposal is that we will provide material to the students and they will be asked to teach their parents or grandparents who are illiterate.”
The minister said he conceived the idea after recalling his school days when he used to help his mother, a teacher, in educating illiterate people. He said this during his visit to Jhalana kacchi basti where he met people and party workers and took feedback about the government’s work. He had tea with a family in the kacchi basti and spoke to the family members and children and there he motivated a child to teach his illiterate grandparents.
Javadekar said, “I asked the boy to be the ‘sir’ (or teacher) of his grandmother. I motivated him and this is how I work. The scheme will be formally launched in two months but today I did an informal or soft launch by asking the boy to do so.’
During his visit to the kacchi basti, he had lunch at a Dalit family’s residence. He had the meal at the home of Brij Mohan Kansotiya, whose wife is a beneficiary of PM Ujjwala Yojana and whose mother is a beneficiary of a social pension scheme.
He also discussed with area residents and received feedback on government schemes and programmes. State Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf, Mayor Ashok Lahoti and other leaders of the party accompanied him.