Adult Education

21 July 2009

Deep Griha inaugurates TCS Computer based adult literacy programme


July 18, Deep Griha Society organised an event to inaugurate the computer based functional literacy programme designed by Tata Consultancy Services.

The literacy program uses a TCS-designed computer-based functional literacy model, a teaching method that uses multimedia software to teach adults to read within 30-45 learning hours -- spread over 1 to 1.5 hours sessions, thrice a week, over a period of 10 to 12 weeks.

The computer-based functional literacy method uses animated graphics patterns for visualisation and audio appreciation. By combining graphic patterns of visualisation, repetition of sound patterns and language structures and cognition of the meaning, a person is made to read.  This CBFL method is implemented using computers and flash cards.

On the occasion Dr. Neela Onawale, Director, Deep Griha Society introduced the guests to the work Deep Griha Society has been doing for the last 34 years. Adding to that, Sanghmitra Khore, team leader women’s empowerment programme introduced the audience to the adult literacy programme that Deep Griha Society has been running for so long.

The panel of speakers included experts in the field of education like Major General B G Shivley, consulting principal advisor to the TCS literacy plan, Jagdish Choudhari- Global functional Manager, TCS, Dr KN Bawle - Director, Maharashtra State Resource Centre – Education, Dr. Vetal, Director, Maharashtra State. Education Department,  Dr Dhanjay Lokhande, HOD, Pune University - Department of Education and Dr. Bhagwan Thakur, Principal Nowrosjee Wadia College.  Rev. Bhaskar Onawale, Dr. A B Chakranarayan and Francis D’souza, members of the governing body of Deep Griha were also present at the event.

All the speakers expressed their thoughts and shared their experiences from the respective fields. Topics addressed by the speakers not just included the benefits of the programme but the panel also welcomed questions from the audience. One of the major obstacles to the programme of availability of computers got an answer from one of the corporate representatives present who has promised to look into providing used computers to NGOs like Deep Griha Society.
Their speeches proved as a motivational factor for the many beneficiaries present in the audience.

Beneficiaries of the adult literacy programme – Surekha Dahibhate (Tadiwala Road), Anita Nangre (Ramtekdi) and a teacher for the male adult literacy classes at Bibvewadi – Udhav Sasane, shared stories of their journey of working with and benefits they got from the adult literacy programme of Deep Griha Society. Everyone in the audience was quite excited to see the audio visual medium being used to teach the regular reading which they did with books.

As the adult literacy programme of Deep Griha Society is comprehensive programme and does not restrict its teaching through books but goes beyond by providing a range of awareness programmes to the men and women in the community. To add to this note a noted filmmaker – Suparna Gangal showcased her short film that talked about importance of garbage management. The audience was encouraged to discuss on this topic as well.

Deep Griha will soon start the Computer based literacy programme for a batch of 30 students to start with. This will be in addition to the regular batches conducted by Deep Griha under its adult literacy programme.
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