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A LEVEL EQUIVALENCY COURSE-NEW

Application & Prospectus for Admission to the X Std. 'A' Level Equivalency Certificate Course.

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1. Micro Plans

One of the major offshoots of the ‘Akshara Sauhruda Sandarshanam’ was data collection. Data collected by each Continuing Education Centre as part of the ‘Sauhruda Sandarshanam’, have been utilised for preparing micro-plans (CEC Plans). Each Continuing Education Centre has come out with a plan of action for the coming five years. All future activities of a centre would be based on this 5 year plan. On the basis of the CEC plans, all the 14 districts have also prepared their district plans. CEC plan, no doubt, would provide proper direction to all the Continuing Education Centres.

2. District Projects

 In addition to the regular programmes, all the 14 districts have prepared three projects each. They are on a wide variety of subjects as shown below:

Thiruvananthapuram Integrated job training programme for Women.
Kollam  District Production & Sales Centre
Pathanamthitta Training on Umbrella making to high-school students
Alappuzha     Socio-tourism scope though CECs
Kottayam

‘Aksharavriksham oru laksham’ (Planting one lakh seedings)

Idukki  Community development through Tourism
Ernakulam Handicrafts using bamboo
Thrissur   Fifty job units
Palakkad   Total Computer Literacy
Malappuram   Integrated Psycho social Treatment for deaddiction
Kozhikode   Tribal Literacy
Wayanad  Production and Distribution of Handicrafts
Kannur   Anti—Plastic campaign
Kasaragod   Formation of self Help Groups

The district projects have been formulated taking into account the special characteristics of a district. Each project would conform to any one of the CEP components envisaged by the National Literacy Mission, namely, illiteracy eradication, Equivalency Programme, Quality of Life Improvement Programme, Individual Interest Promotion Programme, Skill Development Programme and Income Generating Activities. All the 14 districts have finalised their first project and they are in the process of implementation. Some districts like Kottayam and Ernakulam, have successfully completed their first project. (Details of Projects are given in the Annexure:1)

3. Local Support Groups (village Education Committees)

The success of the CEP depends upon Community support, If a CEC has to be sustainable, it should have the backing of the local community. In other words community should own the centre. To ensure public support Local Support Groups have been formed under all the CECs. The Local Support group may consist of the following persons.

  1. The Grama Panchayath ward member
  2. Retired Teachers / Government Officers
  3. NGO representatives
  4. Resource Persons
  5. Literacy activists
  6. Representative of Self help Groups
  7. Representative of Balavedi (Children’s groups)

The Local Support Groups meet at least once in a month.  All important decision regarding the future activities of the CEC are taken in these meetings.  Local support group members also help the CECs for preparing micro plans.  They also act as a link between the CEC and the public.  The name and addresses of the Local Support Group members are prominently displayed in each CEC.  LSG perform the function of a Village Education Committee.

4.Community Counselling

Kerala is a consumer state.  It exhibits all the trends that are inherent in a consumer society.  Everybody wants to make a quick buck and have a comfortable life.  But competition is stiff.  Dreams mot often cherished, result in frustration.

Life has become very fast!  The yearning for greater material comfort is evident everywhere.  It has assumed the proposition of a mad race.  Failure to cope with the resulting stress and disappointment in not fulfilling the wishes leads to frustration.  Frustration leads to suicide, sometimes to violence too!

Families have become ‘nuclear’ and with the advent of ‘TV serials’, communication amongst the family members have become rare.  There is nobody to confide one’s inner feelings.  This is a very sorry state of affairs.

The Literacy Mision wanted to address this issue.  Accordingly, arrangements have been made to establish counselling centres where people in distress can come and open up their minds.  There would be a trained Prerak to listen to them and offer advice and consolation and refer the case to an expert, if found necessary.  Even through the long-term objectives is to establish counselling facilities in all the 4000 CECs, in the 1st phase, only selected NCECs are chosen for this purpose.  The trained Preraks would be known as Community Cousellors.

As the first step 42 NCECs were selected for this purpose.  In this connection three days residential Programme was arranged at the Institute of Cooperative Management, Poojappura, Thiruvananthapuram.  All the Preraks of the selected centres participated in the primary training.  All the topics were handled by the experts in the field.

After receiving intensive training, the Community Cousellors have started couselling.  Within three months 98 cases have been successfully handled or referred to experts.  These ‘Community Counseling centres’ have gained attention of the public within this short period.  The Community Counsellors, as per reports received in the KSLMA office, have succeeded in helping solve many a problem and complicated cases have been referred to experts.

5.Akshara Santhwana Sena (Literacy Peace Corps)

The basic phiolosophy of ‘Santhwana Sena’ (Literacy Peace Corps) is to build up a cadre of volunteers in each district who can be deployed to any place where an untoward incident takes place o is likely to happen.  It is similar to a Rapid Action Force sans weapons.  Their weapon is love and empathy.  They will spread the message of love and mutual trust and try to bridge the rift between different groups.  They will also engage in relief activities, if found necessary.  The Santhwana Sena has already been into action in all the districts.

6.SMART Preraks & Select Centres

The success of Continuing Education Programme lies in the effective functioning of each and every CEC.  Through the recently organised ‘revival Campaign’ Literacy Mission could energise many dormant centres.  It also enabled to bring those centres which were lagging behind in activities to the front row.

The Continuing Education Programme would reach its destination only when all the CECs would be transformed into Development Centres.  It is not an easy task to vitalise all 4000 centres instantly.  Hence, as a firs step, KSLMA have chosen certain centres from each district to focus attention on and to modify them in to Model centres.  For this purpose those centres with basic facilities as well as having strong public support would be chosen.  Moreover those CECs should have information Centre, Service centre, marketing Centre, Sociocultural Centre, children’s groups, Adolescent forums, Self Help Groups etc.  These centres are also expected to be equipped with necessary registers, maps, charts and microplans.

A Prerak of such a chosen centre should be ‘SMART’. ‘SMART’ means, Service oriented, Motivated, Able, Rational and Trustworthy.  This is important for the development of a centre.  Mission has already commenced its search for SMART Pretraks and Model Centres with the cooperation of district Coordinators.

7.Convergence of Resources

KSLMA believes in convergence.Earnest efforts are being made to pool the resources of various departments /agencies for a common purpose .A rapport has been established with other departments /agencies which are engaged in welfare activities.

KSLMA has taken initiative in bringing these institutions together.A meeting of the head of institutions together.A meting of the Head of institutions of SRC , JSS, NABARD , Khadi & Village industries ,Gandhian study Centres ,Kudumbasree ,Women's development Corporation ,mahila Samakhya ,STED ,SIET etc.were convened and a plan of action prepared.KSLMA is already working in tandem with SRC,SIET,State AIDS Control Society,SMA,Tribal Department,Health & Social WelfareDepartment ,DPEP/SSA ans so on.

In order to monitor vocational training programmes and to make them more useful ,a Coordination Committee consisting of KSLMA ,SRC,JSS,SIET has been formed.Attempts are on to rope in more agencies.

8.Panchakarma Paripadi (five point action plan)

Sustainability in the major plank of the CE Programme in Kerala.  All efforts are being made to make each and every Continuing Education centre self sustaining.  With this end is known as five pint action plan has been prepared.  This is known as panchakarma paripadi.  It is meant for revitalising the whole system and ensure sustainability.

a)Ensure basic infrastructure

b)Ensure community participation

c)Ensure the support of Local Self Governments

d)Creation of community structures.

e)Creation of corpus fund.

Towards a comunity based

Sustainable Continuing Education Programme.

KeralaState Literacy Mission perceives each CEC as a community based organization rooted in the community. Its activities are to be channelised towards the well-being of the peiople living around the centre.  Their issues are to be identified and properly addressed.  thus the CEC should become the kingpin of all developmental activities in the locality.

In order to achieve this, a two pronged strategy is called for.  First, a considerable section of people who have somehow become indifferent to developmental efforts, have to be motivated properly.  Second, the CEC should rise to the occasion to take up the new challenges.

As soon as each CEC is ready with its plan of action (micro plan), developmental; activities are initiated and the dream of evolving a unique model in community development through CEC based activities shall become a reality leading to anew Development Mantra.................................

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Phone : 0471 - 2472253, 2472254
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