SRINAGAR: Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Kothibagh Srinagar today celebrated 51st International Literacy Day (ILD) as Saakshar Bharat Mission (SBM) with special emphasis on “Adult Education in J&K” in collaboration with State Literacy Mission Authority (SLMA) SBM, J&K at Auditorium of the school.
The Programme was formulated with the objective of achieving 80 percent literacy level at national level, by focusing on adult women literacy seeking to reduce the gap between male and female literacy to not more than 10 percentage points. It has four broader objective, namely imparting functional literacy and numeracy to non-literates, acquiring equivalency to formal educational system, imparting relevant skill development programme and promote a leaning society by providing opportunities for continuing education.
On the occasion, Secretary School Education, Farooq Ahmed Shah was the Chief Guest and said that the Government has taken all adequate steps to upgrade the education standard to increase literacy rate in the State. He said that the present literacy ratio in the State is 67 percent and our mission is to achieve 100 percent literacy in Jammu & Kashmir.
He said that the our aim to further promote and strengthen adult education, especially of women by extending educational options to those adult who have been last the opportunity of access to formal education and crossed the standard age for receiving such education, now feel a need for learning of any type including, literacy, basic education (equivalency to formal education, vocational education( skill Development), physical and emotional development, practical arts applied science, sports and recreation.
Secretary lauded the efforts of the Principal of the School and Organizer of the programme to organize such function for the upliftment of the society by providing quality education and asked to organized such more and more functions and seminars to promote education sector as per need of the present time.
Farooq Shah also distributed the trophies and mementos among the students who have participated and bring excellent job in the sports sector including cricket, volleyball, badminton etc. He said that need of the hours to take serious efforts to achieve the goal to boost social and economic development in the State.