International Literacy Day: Opening Doors to Improved Lives
According to the 2011 Census Report, literacy rate in India has grown to 74%. From 2001-2011, the decadal literacy growth rate in the country has been recorded at 9.2%, which is even slower than the previous decade. While for men the effective literacy rate was recorded at 80.9%, women lagged behind with a 64.6%; this notifies us all about the alarming gender disparity in the literacy rate in India.
Celebrated on September 8th every year, International Literacy Day is an opportunity to reflect on current literacy challenges and work towards an improved and sustainable society.
In a world as digitized as today’s, literacy is an indispensable part of navigating our ways through life. Lack of skills or low levels of literacy are never meant to be barriers for youth to gain necessary knowledge, irrespective of their socio-economic backgrounds. Surrounded by a market that is rapidly changing, skills are to be developed every day. Literary, technical, vocational and digital skills can ensure fuller participation of people in the society and ensure that they live with dignity.
Role of SOS Children’s Villages of India
Making a lasting impact through vocational training and placements
SOS India’s Vocational Training Centers work towards empowering and enabling vulnerable youth coming from weaker sections of the society. By imparting in them necessary employable skills to equip them with job opportunities, we help them to become self-sufficient and contributing members of society.
The Vocational Training Center (VTC) was initiated by SOS Children’s Villages of India at Nizamuddin, New Delhi in 2011, where training is given to youth between the ages of 18-25 years. Till date, while over 1200 youth have been enrolled in the programme since inception, over 800 are through with their course already. 84% of our youth are now employed and tied up with well-known industries and companies. The courses offered by the VTC are recognized and approved by the Directorate General of Employment & Training (DGE&T) under the Skills Development Initiatives- Modular Employability Scheme (SDI-MES), Government of India. In addition to these courses, the VTC also provides additional 100 hours of training on Soft and Entrepreneurial Skills (SES) as mandated by DGE&T. At present, SOS India is running two vocational training centers, one in Nizamuddin and one in Raipur.
“Literacy is the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realise his/her full potential.” – Kofi Annan
Literacy can open doors to improved lives. We must act now to fulfil the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, ensuring universal access to quality education and learning opportunities throughout people’s live!