The Department of Adult and Continuing Education & Extension (DACEE), Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) in continuation of its week-long International Literacy Day celebrations that falls on 8th September every year, took out a Literacy Awareness Rally on Saturday 10th September 2022 at Shram Vihar slum cluster in Okhla.
An extensive campaign was carried out under the guidance of Prof. Shikha Kapur, Head of the DACEE with the coordination of Faculty Members of the Department Dr. Nasra Shabnam, Dr. Sameer Babu, both Associate Professors, Dr. Anwara Hashmi, Assistant Professor and Student Coordinators Ms. Qudsiya Mehwish and Mr. Danish Malik.
According to Prof. Shikha Kapur, HoD, DACEE, for mass literacy, continuous efforts have to be carried out at the ground level by actually roping in the illiterate population living in subhuman conditions like the slums in the cities across India.
The enthusiastic group of students of M.A. Development Extension Semester I and III, along with their Professors from the Department took out a 2 hour long rally throughout the entire length and breadth of the Cluster. In harmoniously synchronised voices, with self- created, colourful placards in their hands, the group from Jamia raised beautiful slogans on literacy for masses and importance of literacy in life.
Soon the residents of Shram Vihar both young and old joined the rally rendering slogans alongside the Jamia group with fervour and the cluster was abuzz with साक्षरता. The second round of Saksharta Rally was led by the enthusiastic group of children from Shram Vihar who also pledged to make their parents and elders literate.