Literacy Current Affairs - 2019

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November 11: National Education Day

Every year on November 11, India celebrates National Education Day on November 11 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abdul Azad, the first Education Minister of India. He was the man behind the establishments of the premier institutes of the country like IITs, IIScs, etc.

Highlights

  • The Day is being celebrated since 2008
  • Campaigns and Programs are organized on this day every year to spread awareness about education and for the citizens to learn about the importance of education.
  • The main objective of the day is to attract more people towards education and to increase the literacy rate of the country

Maulana Azad

  • Maulana Azad was an independence activist and one of the senior leaders of the Indian National Congress.
  • He was awarded the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in 192 for his contributions towards education
  • He founded the University Grants Commission (UGC) that supervises the higher education across the country.
  • His primary objective was free primary education.
  • He was born on November 11, 1888. He learned Arabic and Urudu. In 1912, he began a weekly Urudu newspaper called the “Al-Hilal”.
  • He found the Lalit Kala Academy, Sangeet Natak Academy and Sahitya Academy to promote the education system of the country.

Program GOAL: Young Tribal Women to Receive Digital Training

The GOAL (Going Online As Leaders) program aims to inspire, guide and encourage tribal girls across India to become village level digital leaders for their community. The program was launched by Facebook to empower women by providing digital literacy, leadership, life skills and entrepreneurship skills. In order to become a beneficiary of the program the girls should be above 18 years of age and should have dropped out of school. Also, it is important that the girl is of tribal origin.

The Union Minister of Tribal Affairs recently announced the second phase of the program. The first phase of the program was launched in March 2019.

Highlights of the second phase

  • The Facebook and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs will together mentor 5,000 young women in India’s tribal dominated districts
  • The program includes weekly one-to-one mentoring sessions. It focuses on online safety, entrepreneurship, etc.
  • More than 125 young women have enrolled in the program