Friday, 20 March 2009

Computer Based Literacy Module

In the months of April and May 2003, Mr. Avtar Singh and I were able to make sixteen illiterate women functionally literate by using the C.B.F.L. module given to us by TCS. The classes took place in the computer lab of the Dhanpatmal Virmani Senior Secondary School at Roop Nagar, Delhi. The Impetus for the programme was provided by Mr. Anil Virmani, the then Manager of the Dhanpatmal Virmani Education Trust and Management society. With the help of the module(the module is on a c.d. which TCS were kind enough to give us) we were able to give the illiterate women the ability to be functionally literate. The module includes a rich collection of pictures, text, and works by teaching whole words rather than just letters of the alphabet. Each word is taught as a picture, as the human mind is better able to recognize words linked to pictures. Today, the Dhanpatmal Virmani Education Trust is successfully running many centers for training women to be functionally literate.At present the Trust is running 40 adult literacy centers around Delhi. So far, 1830 women, 29 men and 575 children have studied in these centers.
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