Education in Mahila Samakhya Programme is understood not merely as acquiring basic literacy skills but as a process of learning to question, critically analyse issues and problems and seek solutions. AMSS has equipped the Sangha women with information and knowledge about the need of education as a tool for empowerment. In the process of disseminating information and knowledge, women’s literacy comes up as a need of women towards empowerment. The broad aspects of Education in Mahila Samakhya are reflected in each chapter of this report. This chapter is devoted only on education structures of AMSS area.

Adult Literacy

Literacy drive started in AMSS to meet the immediate demand of women and within a short time it became a budgeted activity of AMSS. Thereafter effort has been made by AMSS for strategic intervention in this regard. Introducing the primer of State Literacy Mission Authority (SLMA) and evaluation by the same becomes integral part of the literacy drive. Each district sets target according to the demand of women. This year 1960 women of Darrang, Sonitpur and Dhemaji districts appeared in the exam on basic literacy organized by National Institute of Open School in collaboration with State Resource Centre, Assam on pilot basis under Saakshar Bharat Mission. Women were happy to test themselves. In this exam District implementation units of the said districts were engaged to monitor the examination centers. Along with district level functionaries, cluster resource person and twelve federation members also involved in the monitoring process.

Strategy on literacy drive

  • Organization of ten day literacy camp
  • Organization of Jagriti Kendra( Adult women literacy centre) where ratio of learner and instructor is 10:1
  • Evaluation of learner in the process of learning by the instructors and taking remedial steps accordingly
  • Final evaluation of learners and felicitation of the instructors

Challenges in literacy drive

  • Meet the demand of daily wager
  • Organize the literacy drive according to the convenient time of learner.
  • To get instructor in particular locality

However, AMSS has been trying to meet these challenges analyzing the area specific need through a common consensus of the learners.