Help create a Functional Literacy program for Puthalpattu

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A resource poor setting in a marginalized community without the ability to meet its basic needs ! How do you encourage them towards functional literacy ? Address the challenge by suggesting existing Adult literacy programs or re designing them for the people of Puthalpattu.

I have some information about the literacy programs in India as well as in Bangladesh and in Asia Pacific region. I believe that to know these programs can be useful to agree of you... For example, the region (Nepal, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, etc.) have the Community LearningCentres (know like Ganokerndra in the Bangladesh case), work so many the woman empowermwent and literacy.

I have some documents and materials that, if you want, I can send you. Also , I think you can see these WEB pages: (here you can see the UNESCO-APPEAL initiative for literacy and education for all also the general Community learning centres description) (here you can see the organizationf and experience of Centres in Nepal) (here you can see the Bengali experience)

I think I can help you with the program elaboration. I waiting for your questions and comments.

(My information: I am Sara Elena, from México. I work in adult education, particulary in indigenous literacy and others programs literacy about. (I'm sorry, I do not speak neither write english very well!))

Many greetings! Sara Elena Mendoza Ortega.


Hello Sara,
welcome to Puthalpattu community. Thank you for the information about adult education & literacy programmes. Please go through the discussion thread to know more about our focus and the initiatives taken so far. If you have any specific questions, please post it.


Johnson, Thanks so much. Draft document about, I think it is not concluded, so I want to contribute with some texts, but I ask you if you are still in this task or if you are now in another work stage... If there is another need for covering, for example to write a document or a methodology proposal, please say to me. Also if you are in the need of write some concrete material, I can help (I have followed the discussion and checked the offers of the others, but I do not have clear still if you need anything more concrete: a material, a text, a methodological process...I am sorry!).

In other side, I am interested in to know if you revised the links literacy about, and if you have questions or ideas in this matter.

I am here... many greetings. Sara Elena.


Thank you for your reply. We are still concentrating on the adult literacy programme.
I am preparing a small concept paper on the literacy project in puthalpattu. I shall send it to you shortly for further development as a project proposal. As you say, we need a concrete material for seeking any support. So please write a methodology proposal based on the information provided to you.
Many thanks.


Hi All,

I've been reading the comments below with great interest, as it seems you've been making great progress on an important issues. I hope that I'm not misunderstanding, but it seems that you're up to the proposal writing stage to seek funding & develop the project, and have a few issues to resolve:
-Which language to train in
-Who will do the training
-What methodology to use
-How to engage the community at an early stage

I worked on a project with a methodology that could help inform the proposal and project. Obviously, all please comment and adapt - if this information is not relevant please disregard.

In the project we had UN funding to develop disaster preparedness training material in 4 Asian nations. To achieve the task we:
1. Funded a local/community staff who had control control to develop the material via liaison with the community & identify local cultural barriers.
2. International experts provided information & expertise as required/requested by the local developer.

The outcomes were:
1. Each local team developed vastly different products to meet the communities' needs.
2. Because the communities were involved in the development of the materials, some have been used beyond the life & funding of the project. In one case, local communities & councils took the DVD developed and organised community showings & trainings.

A workshop discussed these points:

I hope this helps



Dear James,
Thank you for your suggestions. I would like to answer the questions you have raised.

1. Which language to train in?
The literacy programme here is mainly for the illiterate rural men & women and therefore the local language (Telugu & Tamil) will be used. English will be used for the semi-literates at a later stage.

2. Who will do the training?
We have to appoint teachers/instructors with a payment of small honorarium preferably if we find someone from the same village or near by villages. They will do the training and these instructors will also be trained to handle the classes.

3.What methodology to use?
Simple methodology will be used like teaching, writing on the Black board, video shows on social issues etc,. The subjects will be general arithmatic, reading & writing the local language, social studies, environmental studies etc,.

4.How to engage the community?
These classes will be conducted only in the late evenings. We call them as "Night schools". people return only in the evening after their daily work from fields. In the early stage we have to conduct many motivational meetings in the community explaining them the usefulness and the importance of education. Filmshows and street plays will be organised to motivate them.



Hello All and John:

As James comments very well, to describe the methodology and "to sell" the project for its financing, is now one of the greater challenges of work.

I have offered to write something about the methodology. Supported in which you have responded to James and in which I have read in support documents about the community and his characteristics, I must know clearly:
-Like leaders of the program, you elaborate pamphlets, books or an other materials?, or the Teachers they construct the materials?, or students construct their own materials with support of the teacher?
-For the literacy, you used a methodology like "Reflect", which is very popular in several countries of Asia and Africa? (I think yes, because you say that the students read and write about social issues).
- You think that it can be useful to describe the methodology of the project like something based or similar to the Community Learning Centres?
- Which they are the axes of learning, that is to say, there is emphasis in some particular aspects like, for example, health, prevention of HIVS/AIDS or other diseases, environmental cleaning, drugs adiction, etc.?

Supported in which you can comment to me on the matter, I would send a document to you where they settle down:

-Conceptual Basis: learning for the life and lifelong learning
- Areas (like possibility) of intervention of the educative project, for example: community capacity building (adult literacy, community empowerment, health prevention, creation of local leadership, skills development etc.) and sustainable livelihood (training for to solve local problems, sustainable good practices, etc.)
- Characteristic of the educative program: organization and methodology (we spoken here about the educative materials, the processes of literacy, the training of teachers, etc.).
- Actions of assessment and supervision.

Maybe it is what you would need?

Thanks and many greetings. Sara Elena.

AD: I am sorry for my bad Engish!