Imphal, Sept 8
International Literacy Day was observed today at Pebiya Pandit Leikai Community Hall on the theme “Literacy and Multilingualism”.
The observance was organized by the Department of Adult Continuing Education and Extension, Manipur University.
Addressing the function as the resource person Professor of Anthropology MC Arun said that in previous years many faced the problem of not being able to get education but now the problem changes with the increase in the number of dropout.
Concerning the reason for the increase number of drop out he said that poverty impacts on a massive scale and also the transfer of posting of Parents added the dropout.
So the role of giving education to them is being taken by the adult education, he added.
He also highlighted that the mid day meal scheme was introduced to reduce the drop out students and also to decrease the burden of the parents.
Focusing on the changing technology he stressed the need for a digital literacy program and added that the digital divide needs to be bridged.
He concluded that the aspects of literacy keep changing and such changes needs to be corporated.
Dr Sharmila Thingbaijam in her key note speech said that a person who knows a lot of language is very powerful as he/she will know some knowledge of the community.
Such multilingual will also help in the national integration, she added.
Highlighting the needs to eradicate illiteracy she said that Manipur will be developed only when people are literate knowing the right and duties.
Certificates were also distributed to the learners who participated in 45 days learning session done by the Department of Adult Continuing Education and Extension, Manipur University.
The function was attended by Nongmeikapam Ashokumar, Nongmeikapam Khelen and Dr Chanam Sonia as the presidium members.
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