RASUWA, Feb 13: As per the 'Literate Nepal' mission launched in 2012, the government has now declared 43 districts of the country as literate zones in terms of adult literacy. Among those districts, the latest addition is Rasuwa, which was declared as literate zone on Monday.
A total of 96.29 percent population between 15 to 60 years of age is literate in the remote district, which prompted officials to declare Rasuwa as the 43rd literate district. However, pundits have criticized the basis for declaration as faulty.
The percentage was calculated based on population census taken almost a decade ago. The population of 15 to 60 years age-group in the district was 14,887 at the time of census. The increase in population since the census was not accounted for while declaring 96.29 percent of the population in the district as literates.
The declaration of Rasuwa being literate zone was made amid a function jointly organized by the District Education Office, Rasuwa, and District Informal Education Committee. Parliamentarian Mohan Acharya, who is an engineer by profession, made the declaration at the function.
“Out of the total of 75 districts, ours is the 43rd district to get the status,” declared District Education Officer Hom Nath Neupane.
The district education office informed that they organized a series of 'National Literacy Program' in the district to achieve the status.
While the campaign to make the adult population literate started in 2012, the campaign was launched in Rauswa only three years ago, according to Neupane.
This year, the literacy program had 53 classes for 525 students. The office said they would continue their literacy campaign even in the coming years to make sure that 95 percent or more population in the district become literate in the true sense.