Literacy and Social Change: From a Women's Perspective Mi Shiknar: I Will Learn

Samant, Ujwala
Date of publication: 
Mon, 1996-01-01

The demand for literacy by women from the Bombay slums, the reasons for this event, and an analysis of
self-generated literacy programs. Changed perceptions of literacy: from traditional schooling to functional education. Gradual development of a specialized curriculum that dealt with everyday survival needs of participants. Literacy perceived as the key to breaking the code to city life. Literacy and social change within communities: women organized to stop generations of domestic violence, alcoholism and gambling using non-violent means by asking for access to information on redress procedures, legal avenues and the media. Communal conflict resolution and a shift in power equations. Problems of recruitment, training and staff development within the campaign. programs: success rates, environments that fail, and those that aid success. Results of self-generated literacy: Women discovering the existence of personal rights, changed socialization practices, heightened self-confidence, increased assertiveness, awareness of legal and administrative procedures. Literacy as planned by learners, with the help of the state breaks away from traditional imposed literacy programs, patriarchal thought, religious prescription and constructs a philosophy of development, education and personal rights that is inclusive and empowering.