ERIC Number: ED234147
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Farmers' Functional Literacy Program in India.
Chauhan, Malikhan S.
The Farmers' Functional Literacy Program has been conducted in conjunction with an intensive agricultural development program in the villages of India since 1968. A recent innovation of significance to developing countries, the program incorporates the concept of linking education to development. This joint venture of three governmental ministries is financed by UNDP/FAO/UNESCO. The Ministry of Agriculture provides the farmers with training and field demonstration facilities; the Ministry of Education provides functional literacy training; and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting relays special types of farm broadcasts for the benefit of participant farmers. This curriculum of language and numerical skills in the functional literacy program is related to practical agricultural production. Instructions are given in 11 local languages. From 1968 to 1975, the program benefited more than 300,000 adult farmers in 107 districts. Part-time instructors have used a combination of the synthetic and analytical methods of teaching. The program has been significant in these ways: greater farmer response due to immediate use value; the higher the achievements in literacy, the greater the knowledge, awareness, and adoption of modern agricultural practices; and a minimal drop-out rate. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Farmers Functional Literacy Project; India
Note: Presented at the National Adult Education Conference (San Antonio, TX, November 12-16, 1982).