Education and Employability
The literacy level of STs have improved but the gap level has not declined significantly both for tribal women and men. The gap in percentage between the literacy rate in India and STs has been steadily decreased from 19.77 per cent in 1961 to 14.03 per cent in 2011. 68.53 per cent males and 49.35 per cent females are literate among the Scheduled Tribes respectively. The gap between the male-female STs literacy rate has declined from 24.41 percentage points in 2001 to 19.18 percentage points in 2011.
The literacy rate for the rural and urban male for STs is 66.8 per cent and 83.2 per cent respectively, while for females (STs) rural and urban it is 46.9 per cent and 70.3 per cent respectively. Among the States/UTs, Mizoram and Lakshadweep have the highest literacy rate for STs i.e. 91.5 per cent and 91.7 per cent respectively. Total ten states have less literacy rate percentage than India’s average ST literacy rate. These states form almost 55 per cent of the total STs population in India.
NACDAOR has been working to improve the access of Dalit children to primary education in the one of India’s most backward region Bundelkhand region. It is working for reducing discrimination in schools and improvements in school infrastructure, by mobilizing the government and the community.
In partnership with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Computer Aided Learning (CAL) and Digital Literacy Model for school children and Computer-Based Functional Literacy (CBFL) programs for adults to address illiteracy and problems in child education have been launched in Jhansi.