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KP Yohannan led Believers Church completes nation-wide activities to mark World Literacy Day

Updated: Sep 19, 2016 13:58 IST

New Delhi [India], Sep 19 (ANI-NewsVoir): Believers Church concluded its literacy drive and finished several activities that it had initiated across India to mark World Literacy Day. Several awareness drives and innovative initiatives were concluded in different parts of the country.

This year, Believers Church opened more than 300 new literacy units across the nation. Literacy Day Rally, Literacy Awareness Programs, Distribution of literacy books and other study aids, organizing literacy teachers' training program were the major initiatives. This year, the Church gave more focus on improving the literacy in north-eastern part of India. The highlight was printing and launching of new literacy books in two north eastern languages - Karbi and Garo.

Under this drive, Believers Church Kolkata announced opening of 13 new Adult Literacy centers to provide education and study material to illiterate women and children. Besides education & community development programs for adults, these centers will also provide nutritious meals, school supplies and medical attention to the underprivileged children.

Speaking on the occasion Bishop Dr. Juria Bardhan, Head Kolkata and North East said, "Through these initiatives, we want to break the vicious cycle of poverty and illiteracy. Education is a fundamental right for all citizens of the country. However due to financial and other constraints we are unable to give access to educational facilities to each and every citizen of the country. This is one small step to ensure education and financial freedom for one and all."

Believers Church Shillong launched the Garo literacy book in Rongjeng in Garo Hills. The program was attended by more than 200 women. The initiative is a

part of the Church's Women's Fellowship Program that undertakes various initiatives to educate women in India.

Believers Church Diphu also launched the "Toklang Akitap" Literacy Book in Karbi language in Karbianlong District of Assam. Speaking on this occasion, Fr. Anup Jan Jena said, "In the next phase the projects aim to educate illiterate adults by opening learning centers in every district. Volunteers will educate adults in the evening hours in these centers."

Speaking on the occasion of World Literacy Day, Dr. K. P. Yohannan, Metropolitan of Believers Church said "In many parts of the country especially the North east there is a lack of trained teachers to provide quality education. Through our literacy projects in many of these remote areas, we try and take education to the people."

He further said, "Education is the single most important factor in transforming an individual and the society. Every individual, rich or poor, old or young must have access to quality education. I believe that emphasis needs to be given to make greater headway in education as it alone can fulfill the potential and meet the challenges that the world is facing today."

With addition of Garo and Krabi, the total number of languages in which Believers Church publishes this book has risen 15. (ANI-NewsVoir)