When I was a child, I did not get the opportunity to study. When I heard that they were going to start literacy classes in our village, I felt very happy.
Dr. Joyce Scott, a 50-year missionary in India, developed a literacy ministry in which classes of 30 adults meet 2 hours per night, 5 nights per week for 10 months. Of students completing the program, many can read at a 5th grade level.
Literacy classes teach students to help themselves Self-help skills are taught along with basic instruction in finance. Daily wages frequently increases 70% after literacy.
AS STUDENTS PRACTICE READING, THEY ALSO LEARN:
Basic health & personal hygiene
Nutrition & Proper diet
Pre- & post natal care
Self-help skills-financial improvement
Government programs for the poor
AIDS, leprosy, and alcohol awareness
Importance of sending children to school
Benefits of stopping child marriages.
Biblical morals and ethics
Most importantly, the primers teach the Word of God and each graduate is awarded a complete book with the Word of God.
Communities are uplifted
Many villages receive roads, electricity, and bus stops for the first time.
Students learn forestry and hundreds of trees are planted to help the ecosystem.
Students form cohorts for saving money and working together in dairy, agriculture, and other micro-enterprises.
Women become involved in village politics, many women begin earning income for the first time.
The success rate is phenomenal
Over 90% of those enrolling in the Literacy classes complete the 10-month program.
The program multiplies itself as 30% of graduates are formally involved in the ‘Each One Teach One’ program. Each person becoming literate in India will help up to 5 others to become literate, perpetuating education.
Types of Literacy Programs
Educating tribal and unreached women groups is a priority. When a woman is educated the whole family is educated. Becoming literate immediately empowers these women, putting them in a position where they know their rights as citizens.
Village Literacy Rehabilitation Projects (VLRP) is a 2 year project meant to change and develop the whole community while regular literacy work concentrates on 30 illiterates and their families.