“An India-focused adult literacy program has been short-listed for an international humanitarian prize for having taught nearly 60,000 women to read and write in 35 days, making it one of the fastest literacy programs in the world.” reports Margherita Stancati in India Literacy Program May Be World’s Fastest on blogs.wsj.com. And,“Although men can enroll, too, so far the literacy program has attracted almost exclusively female students.” adds Stancati.
“Known as TARA Akshar+, the program was first launched in 2005 by the India-based NGO Development Alternatives Group has since been introduced in eight Indian states, including many of the country’s poorest.”
The Program “has recently been short-listed for a $100,000 prize, the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, aimed at rewarding strategies that have ‘significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems’.”
“The program, which boasts an average drop-out rate of just 3%, was partly inspired by world memory championships”.