Adult learning and literacy must be at the forefront of economic and social growth strategies. In this regard, the National Policy Statement on Adult Education, NAEP (1977), states that while serious efforts need to be made to universalize primary education up to age 14, educational institutions need to be expanded to the adult population. Remove their educational deprivation and enable them to reach their full potential.
Adult education is beneficial in enabling the ignorant masses of India to understand the true meaning of the democratic way of life.
On October 2, 1978, the National Adult Education Program (NAEP) was established to eliminate adult illiteracy between the ages of 15 and 35.
Over the next five years, the National Adult Education Program aims to provide educational opportunities for all illiterate people aged 15 to 35. Three points are emphasized throughout the program includes-
(1) literacy and numeracy;
(2) Functional growth, the individual’s status as a producer or worker, family member, and citizen.
(3) social perception; This includes understanding barriers to growth, laws, government policies and the need to mobilize the poor and illiterate into collective development action.