Saakshar Bharat Yatra Culminates; MoS HRD Releases Literacy Video Campaign, ‘Shiksha Ka Suraj’

Hi All, The well-being of a society crucially depends on the health and fitness of its people including its young people whose health and fitness crucially depends on the education and awareness of their elders besides other things. Kindly share this with others: 

Shiksha Ka Suraj - a music video on Indian Adult Literacy: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO8aTlqRjiw 

From http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=81595 

Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation 25-March, 2012 18:58 IST

Saakshar Bharat Yatra Culminates; MoS HRD Releases Literacy Video Campaign, 

‘Shiksha Ka Suraj’ 


Saakshar Bharat Yatra’ a nationwide mobilization campaign organized by the National Literacy Mission Authority, Ministry of Human Resource Development culminated in Dehi today, in the presence of Minister of State for HRD, Shri E. Ahamed, Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, Ms. Anshu Vaish, Shri K.K. Krishnakumar, Chairperson, Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti(BGVS), and senior officials from the HRD Ministry, other representatives of the BGVS, foreign dignitaries and ‘jatha’ representatives. 

On the occasion, a literacy musical video, ‘Shiksha ka Suraj’ was also released by Shri Ahamed. This video, written by Shri Javed Akhtar has been sung by Shri Sonu Nigam and Ms. Alka Yagnik. A number of well known film personalities like Shri Shahrukh Khan, Ms. Kareena Kapur, Shri Anil Kapur, Ms. Priyanka Chopra, Shri Farhan Akhtar and Ms. Shabana Azmi have participated in the video in public interest. This is proposed to be aired on Television shortly. 

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Ahamed underlined the strides the country has made in the last 20 year in increasing literacy, adding that the impetus has to be kept up till the country achieves full literacy. He pointed out that Education is the most important component for social transformation. 

‘Saakshar Bharat Yatra’ was organized by National Literacy Mission Authority, through the Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti, a well known NGO. It was a part of ‘Environment Building’ activity to stimulate demand for literacy through Saakshar Bharat Programme. The Yatra was organized through kala jathas which included audio-visual programmes, road-shows, public meetings, Pad Yatras, Conventions, preparing People’s Wall and People’s Book, etc. It was flagged off from Delhi on 18th February, 2012 by the President of India at Rashtrapati Bhawan. The Yatra covered 22 States, 187 Districts, 1000 Blocks and over 16000 Gram Panchayats throughout India, culminating at Delhi today. 

The Jathas covered several States, implementing Saakshar Bharat Programme and went through some of the backward and left wing affected districts like Gaya, Jamui, Rohtas in Bihar; Hazaribagh, Giridi, Dhanbad, Koderma in Jharkhand, Balaghat, Mandia in Madhya Pradesh; Sundergarh, Bolangir in Orissa, Kewardha, Janjgir Champa in Chhattisgarh. The Jatha also covered some of the disturbed areas like Senapati in Manipur; Anantnag in Jammu & Kashmir, Nagaland and Assam also. 

There was overwhelming response for the Jatha across the country. People from all walks of life actively participated and supported the cause of literacy. Over 4-5 lakh people took part in the Jatha and more than 30 lakh in other programmes with a lot of enthusiasm and vigor to make Saakshar Bharat Yatra a grand success. 

Ministers of Central and State Governments, Parliamentarians, Legislators, local community leaders, eminent writers, theatre personalities, social activists, scientists and leaders of women organizations, officials of State and Central Governments, Non-Government Organisations and other dignitaries took keen interest in the Yatra and participated in the functions held in different locations of states and districts. Many of them also extended support through their message. 

MV/GK 
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Best, 
Shakti Saran

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Comment by Shakti Saran on May 24, 2012 at 1:26am

Hi All, I'm so happy that I visited a lady tonight who's been a school teacher for around 25 years and that several of our thoughts match related to children, parents, and education on which we've shared for some years now. I shared with her the above. We discussed on trying to get access to the government school nearby so that she and her friend, a nurse, can hold several sessions during the summer for the parents of the students. I would also try to contribute to the sessions as and when possible given that I've several things going on. My main task currently is to figure out how we can get access to the government school for the same. If this works out well then some of my main tasks would be to figure out how to get support and generate awareness for doing this better and better. I request your any help, support, and guidance for the same. Thank You! Shakti Saran

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