In a 7 minute speech, I would like to talk about the state of Indian literacy.In a 7 minute speech, I would like to talk about the state of Indian literacy.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that you have some decisions to make.  The link below features highly relevant statistics about literacy in India.  I think that being able to discuss how states like Kerala have emphasized literacy would be important.  Kerala's literacy rate is over 90% and boasts the only district in India, Kottyam, with 100% literacy.  Even the state that is struggling the most with literacy, Bihar, has its literacy rate on the increase.  I think that this might be where some focus could be placed.  At the same time, the expansion of Indian Adult Educaiton is helping to contribute to the rise in literacy in the most illiterate of regions.  Emphasizing the governmental and social expection in the state of Himachal Pradesh might be another point of emphasis:  "Once the Government of Himachal Pradesh was able to establish a social norm that "schooling is an essential part of every child's upbringing," literacy as a normal attribute of life was adopted very rapidly."  These points might be effective in bringing out the current state of literacy in India.

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