The Women Education and Empowerment Trust (TWEET), one of the implementing organisations of the ‘Vision 2026’ project, has started a novel national-level year-long campaign ‘Freedom from Illiteracy: Each One Teach Ten’. The campaign aims at providing illiterate adult women across the country with functional literacy. TWEET launched the campaign while the country is all set to celebrate its 76th Independence Day on August 15.

TWEET, a national-level NGO based in New Delhi, was established for executing women empowerment initiatives under ‘Vision 2026’ – a flagship project implemented by seven NGOs including TWEET. Vision is a decade-long programme to bring about sustainable change in the socio-economic status of marginalised and deprived communities in the country. Right from its inception, Vision has been implementing numerous programmes for eradication of illiteracy. 

The campaign was launched by Rahamathunnissa A, Chairperson, TWEET, at the Press Club of India, New Delhi in the presence of Shaista Rafat, General Secretary, TWEET and Dr. Sharnas Muthu, Treasurer, TWEET on August 7.

“The major mission of the ‘Freedom from Illiteracy: Each One Teach Ten’ campaign is to engage educated women all over the country to volunteer for the initiative, educating at least 10 illiterate adult women and creating a remarkable impact on their lives,” Rahamathunnissa said while launching the initiative.

“TWEET also aims to address major issues among the women such as unemployment, poverty, social backwardness and unrest, discrimination, suppression, and many more through the effective execution of the campaign,” said Shaista Rafat, introducing the campaign.

India’s National Literacy Mission defines literacy as acquiring the skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic and the ability to apply them to one’s day-to-day life. According to National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) 2019-21, the literacy rate amongst adult women (15-49 years) in the country stands at 71.5% while the literacy rate of adult men is 87.4%.

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