The COVID-19 outbreak and the nationwide lock-down has affected all segments of the population and has been particularly detrimental to people in the most vulnerable situations, women, daily wage labourers, SC/ST/Nomadic Tribes/religious minorities.
While human contact was controlled, the online contact was vigorously promoted and information channels were created through digital platforms both by govt and non govt organisations. However, with 40 percent of the population still not literate, it brings us to the critical question about accessibility of these platforms. How many people, especially women, can navigate digital mediums to get information? How many people can read and write to fill forms to receive relief packages? Majority of the most vulnerable people from lower income group, especially women, transgender community have almost no access to internet or skills to fill the online forms.
Clearly lack of literacy and digital skills add another layer to the existing disparities and marginalisation.
It is in this context that reassessing and revaluing Adult Education and Lifelong Learning has assumed renewed importance. It has become all the more essential ever than before to understand its role in equipping every individual with the required skills for their survival and empowerment to have a sustainable and dignified life.
Thus the important questions that webinar will address are:
1) What is the significance of Adult and Digital literacy (ADL) in fighting the contemporary and future effects of COVID-19 pandemic, especially through the lens of Gender, Caste, and Digital divide.
2) What are the Content and pedagogies that can empower the marginalised communities and individuals to develop resilience and mechanisms to deal with such emergencies
3) What have been successful models and what kind of shifts are required to make the existing models of Adult Education and Learning (ALE) accessible and relevant.
Note: Preferred Language of Webinar- Hindi