- Further 300 women have undergone Functional Adult Literacy Training in Katputli colony of New Delhi, and they have completed their classes by March 31, 2017.
- Over 700 women have been taught the basics in reading, writing and arithmetic in Delhi, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh slums. Mi India had used the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)'s "Computer Based Functional Literacy" (CBFL) program designed using multimedia which aims to educate a person in the basic 3 R's in about 60-70 hours (over 4 months) of creative learning. The programme is a combination of graphic visualization and repetition of sound patterns leading to recognition, retention, and recall of words. The multimedia format ensured the pronunciation of the word/ letters is taught accurately through the system. Material from National Literacy Mission has been adapted for use.
Priyanka, a field coordinator with MIDT has been working in the slums of Katputli of New Delhi colony for months and has motivated and helped educate around 400 women and teenage girls through the Functional Adult Literacy program. Her community skills have come in handy as she worked with these women and ensured they attend at least 80% of the classes to reap maximum benefit.
Priyanka's struggle is in bringing the learners to class every day. Festivals, sick family members, household work and their other responsibilities sometimes took precedence. She wanted them to realise the importance of education, not just for them, but also for their future generations as well.
Priyanka along with seven volunteer tutors helped create an environment that was homely and motivating. They took interest in the lives of the women attending these classes and did not limit themselves to impart the curriculum alone. There were discussion sessions, general knowledge talks and occasionally they would take time to listen to the various issues these women live with, as also share in their grief at times.