Literacy changes lives for the better. Kamla, 36, is a good example of this. The woman often fell victim to cheats when she was illiterate. Now, she is no longer unlettered and thus is free to live a life of dignity without the fear of being taken for a ride. The Uttarakhand literacy programme brought this transformation about in her life and that of others like her.
She and several other newly literate women of the neighbouring state are in Lucknow to take part in the Saakshar Bharat Mahotsav (SBM) that begins here on Friday. Kamla, along with Deepa and Hema Devi, will share their success stories at the three-day literacy meet conceptualised by the department of school education and literacy (DSEL) to promote adult education in the country.
Ramabai Sthal, where the participants are staying on the fringes of the state capital, has turned into a sprawling literacy village with teams from different states rehearsing for their programmes day and night.
The meet will be held at the Ambedkar auditorium of the Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University. Uma Bisht, director, Uttarakhand state resource centre, said, "It is nice to interact with the participants of other states and learn how they are running the literacy programme." Motivator Leela Thayat praised the women who had become literate.
Vice-president Hamid Ansari, union human resource development minister Kapil Sibal, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and MP Dimple Yadav will be among the dignitaries present at the meet.
The National Literacy Mission Authority is organising the event that will feature an exhibition, an awards ceremony, a rally to highlight the achievements of women and talk shows.