ERIC Number: EJ724587
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
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Community Mobilisation, Gender Equality and Resource Mobilisation in Adult Education
Srivastava, Komal; Patel, Ila
International Journal of Educational Development, v26 n2 p153-165 Mar 2006
Despite an overall improvement in the educational situation of girls and women in India, there are considerable gender inequalities in education. In the last decade, the Government of India introduced the campaign approach to tackle the problem of widespread illiteracy among women and other socio-economically disadvantaged groups in collaboration with the wider support of civil society. This paper attempts to understand the efforts of Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti (BGVS), a voluntary organisation supported by the People's Science Movement, for women's empowerment through its innovative approach to large-scale community mobilisation and organisation at the grassroots. It shows both the potential and limitations of the BGVS in sustaining the process of empowerment among poor and vulnerable women in the state-sponsored literacy campaigns, and challenges in linking literacy with livelihoods issues, development and democracy in the context of limited state support and resources.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, State Aid, Females, Illiteracy, Disadvantaged, Democracy, Womens Education, Community Education, Educational Development, Gender Discrimination, Voluntary Agencies
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Identifiers - Location: India