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Reading Beyond the Alphabet
Innovations in Lifelong Literacy

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July 2003 | 284 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
A serious shortcoming of the national literacy movement is the lack of progress in literacy beyond emergent skills. This book focuses on "lifelong literacy", that is retention and improvement of basic reading, writing and numerical skills throughout the lifespan.

While The National Literacy movement has successfully generated scores of "literate" people with neo - or semi-literacy skills, it has not been able to adequately address the persistent problems of low skill levels and a steady erosion in literacy skills. There is therefore, an urgent need to implement creative and innovative ways that have shown promise in pilot projects and offer learning for other practitioners, planners and policy makers.

The contributions to this book are united in accepting that literacy is much more than just the `three Rs'. Also, the relationship between literacy and personal and social empowerment has been emphasized. The innovations discussed in this book are united by the links that literacy forges between skill development and people's everyday lives.

The innovations are discussed under the following categories:

- empowerment

- promotion of reading culture

- reading matter for early literacies and

- publishing for rural areas

- libraries and literacy

- media and literacy


 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
Brij Kothari
Literacy in India
A Tide of Rising Rates but Low Levels

 
 
PART TWO: EMPOWERMENT AND LITERACY
K S Ram
Van Dhan
Literacy in Support of Livelihoods in Bastar

 
Jaya Shrivastava
Taleem Se Taqat
Educating Adolescent Girls in Delhi Slums - The Ankur Experience

 
Jayanta Kumar Sarma, Biman Borah and Gitarani Bhattacharya
Participatory Village Level Land-Use Mapping
A Post-Literacy Exercise

 
 
PART THREE: READING MATTER FOR EARLY LITERATES
Sushama Merh-Ashraf
Preparing Reading Materials for Neo-Literates
Some Ideas and Innovations

 
Shalini Joshi
Pitara
A Simply Written News and Features Magazine for Readers with Low Levels of Literacy

 
Preeti Soni
Finding Light (Ujjas) in the Space Between Literacy and Communication
 
PART FOUR: PROMOTION OF READING CULTURE AND PUBLISHING FOR RURAL AREAS
P K Sasidharan and S Madasamy
Fostering a Reading Culture and an Experiment with Workbooks in Post-Literacy Education
Michael Norton
Bringing Books to People
 
PART FIVE: LIBRARIES AND LITERACY
Sarah Kamala
Creating a Second Village Library Movement
Rajani Paranjpe
Door Step School
If People Can't Go to Books, Let Books Go to People

 
Saswati Roy
Joy for Reading in the City of Joy
Libraries in Kolkata Slums

 
 
PART SIX: MEDIA AND LITERACY
Brij Kothari et al
Same Language Subtitling
A Butterfly for Literacy?

 
D Janardhana Reddy
Velugubata, the Chittoor Post-literacy Newspaper
An Evaluation

 
 
PART SEVEN: BRIDGING PEOPLE'S MATH AND FORMAL NUMERACY
Anita Rampal
The Meaning of Numbers
Understanding Street and Folk Mathematics

 
 
PART EIGHT: CONCLUSION
P G Vijaya Sherry Chand
'To Keep Them Literate'

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