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TARA Akshar Plus: Educating rural women

Apr 04, 2013

TARA Akshar Plus (+) is an innovative computer based functional literacy programme that trains rural women to read and write in Hindi, and carry out basic mathematical calculations.

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TARA Akshar+ was developed in 2004 by TARAhaat Information and Marketing Services Ltd. - the ICT arm of the non-profit organisation, Development Alternative Group.

The software application uses a unique visual memory technique that links every letter of the Hindi alphabet to an object that the female students use in their daily lives. This linkage helps rural women to learn the alphabets quickly without forgetting what they have learned later on.

A TARA Akshar+ instructor uses software, flash cards and playing cards to train the students in just 49 days through 2 hour classes every day. Students alternate between reading and writing lessons.

A well-structured programme design and a thorough implementation plan have resulted in a very high degree of efficiency. Covering the entire Hindi speaking belt of the country, TARA Akshar+ has succeeded in educating approximately 58,000 rural women with a drop out rate of only 1%. Its integration with the National Literacy Mission is underway.

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