The importance of literacy can be stated at two levels: National and Individual.
At the national level, in a participative democracy like India, a literate population is required to build a nation with strong social, economic and political foundations. Literacy is an important starting point that brings awareness in people to work towards a better living. It helps them to break free of shackles of ignorance, avoid getting manipulated, and being left out of the mainstream.
At ILP, Literacy = Education, Earning Potential and Empowerment!
This definition is based on our years of learning that literacy cannot just be measured by one’s ability to read, write and perform arithmetic.
Education: Development of knowledge, skill and character in the 0-14 years age group.
Earning Potential: Education of youth (15 to 24 years) with a focus on income generation, economic mobility, life coping skills, cultural and social responsibility, etc.