Functional Literacy For RuralWomen: A Must For Emancipation.
Dr. (Mrs) Chienyem E.Onyewotu

Literacy as a basic human right and need has been recognised for long and articulated in international declarations. However, rates of success have been low except in a few places where political will and sheer determination accompany good planning and execution. Part of the reasons for failure may include the lack of sex differentiation in training and lack of identification of the basic needs of the subgroup identified.

In this Paper, women’s roles in the society are identified and their specific needs highlighted especially with regard to the oppressive cultural practices which are keeping them backward in rural areas. Functional literacy is advocated, to begiven in the mother tongue of these women so as to ensure their active participation in the literacy programmes and thus to emancipate them from the shackles of ignorance and poverty.

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