Community Development

The Need for inclusive and equitable functional learning

There are approximately 287 million1 illiterate adults in India, equal to 35% of the world’s illiterate population. This staggering figure translates into lack of access to skills and limited opportunities in the labour market, limited or no means of gaining knowledge about current affairs, attaining financial independency through employment, or even influencing the overall economic growth of the country. One of the key aspects to achieving empowerment is through education.

The impact of literary empowerment is also connected to an increased access and awareness of quality health care, psycho-social support and parenting skills for children. When people are able to get quality education, they can break from the cycle of poverty, reduce gender inequalities and get empowered to live healthier and sustainable lives. 


Scaling up adult literacy

HPPI strongly believes that providing functional literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential for development and health and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship. Educating women in particular, will help them gain equal access to opportunities and resources and combating the social and economic hostilities that are prevalent in the country.

Over the years, HPPI has included a component of functional literacy across community development and livelihood projects, but since October 2017, we have initiated specific stand-alone adult literacy projects with a focus of reaching out to a larger number of women across multiple states. The project ‘Nai Disha- “Functional Literacy for Women Empowerment” focuses on bringing about this change and transforming lives of 100,000 illiterate women with abilities to Read, Write and perform basic Arithmetic in 12 months through digital means of learning. Using a mix of various methodologies, we seek to achieve a higher impact than possible through strictly conventional means. 

Combined with a collective effort from all stakeholders, this innovative project can translate into a women literacy revolution at an unprecedented scale. The project is now implemented in 10 districts across Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana and it is the vision of HPPI to continue and further scale up the adult literacy in these four states while introducing it to the other parts of the country. 

Nearly 26,750 women benefitted through these classes in the year 2019-20.



1As per the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report 2017-18

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About HPPI

Humana People to People India is a development organization registered as a not-for-profit company under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956 as of 21st May 1998. It is a non-political, non-religious organization. Its mission is to unite with people in India in order to create development in the broadest sense through the implementation of the projects that aim at transferring knowledge, skills and capacity to individuals and communities who need assistance to come out of poverty and other dehumanizing conditions.

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