Kathmandu, 3 April, 2015Â : Various political parties’ leaders and Constitutional Assembly (CA) members have reaffirmed their commitment to contribute to the ‘Literate Nepal Campaign’ initiated by the government last year to eliminate illiteracy by the end of 2015.
A gathering of CA members and various political parties have reaffirmed their commitment in writing to contribute to this mission to the best of their capacity at an interaction programme jointly organized today in Kathmandu by the Federation of Nepalese Journalist (FNJ) and the Non-formal Education Centre, government agency under the Ministry of Education.
Earlier, the CA members on June 9, 2014 had committed to this purpose, envisioned by the United Nations in the Millennium Development Goals.
The government has declared the current fiscal year (2014/015) as the illiteracy elimination year while only seven districts out of 75 have been declared fully literate district so far.
Addressing the CA members and the attendees of the seminar, Ranju Kumari Jha (Thakur), Chairperson of the Committee for Women, Children, Senior Citizen and Social Welfare under the Legislature-Parliament, directed the Education Minister to table the Bill to amend the Education Policy as early as possible. Chairperson Jha believed that the literacy campaign would gain momentum if the concerned bodies include CA members and journalists in their respective districts.
Participating CA members urged the concerned authorities to involve them in the activities related to this cause so that they could also contribute in making this mission a success and effective.
Currently, the literacy rate between the people 15-60 age group stands at 72 per cent, accounting for some 1.7 million population of the total population in the country, according to the latest statistics.
Similarly, Chief Whip of UCPN (Maoist) Girirajmani Pokharel underscored the need to further this campaign in coordination with other programmes as whilst health, sanitation and employment among others.
Likewise, Bishwa Prakash Pandit, Secretary at the Ministry for Education believed that the CA members would help this cause significantly as the literacy programme was intensely running in some 17 districts in Terai.
Education expert Dr Bidhyanath Koirala argued that Nepal would achieve remarkable success in this connection like in China and Cuba provided the political parties take this initiative ahead.
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