Karnali Province to be made fully literate in three years

SURKHET: Karnali Province government has decided to run a campaign to make the province fully literate in the next three years.

For this, the Social Development Ministry has developed working procedures and is preparing to implement them from July 17. To ensure its success, informal education and literacy campaign will be organised in coordination with the local bodies, Social Development Minister Dal Rawal said.

The ministry has allocated Rs 20 million for the campaign in the new budget, with a special focus on literacy for elderly women and men in the province.

Furthermore, the 'daughter-daughter-in-law technical education scholarship' programme will be enforced in order to increase access of women to technical education, Rawal said. Another Rs 15 million has been allocated for the additional scholarship programme to ensure access of students from Dalit, economically weak, conflict-affected and remote communities.

Meanwhile, a household survey will begin in all the 10 districts of the state in order to collect data related to illiteracy, according to Under Secretary at Social Development Ministry, Bhakta Bahadur Dhakal.

Other programmes planned under the campaign include mobile schools, rehabilitation of street children, support to the local level to promote literate local level units and residential schools in the mountain districts.

Latest data show that the literacy rate of Karnali Province is 58.25 per cent against the national average of 65.95 per cent.