The Role of Literacy Training in NGO's Efforts to Improve the Self-Sufficiency of Rural Indian Women

Park, Rosemarie,J
Date of publication: 
Mon, 1996-01-01

In third world countries the role of women in economic development is being recognized as
crucial. This role is increasing recognized by the World Bank and other international development
agencies. In India improving the literacy rate among rural women is included as a major goal in
nearly all government and nongovermental (NGO) projects. Whereas the literacy rate for males in
India is 64%, the female literacy rate is 39%. There are also huge variations in literacy between
states (Kerala is 73%, Rajasthan 12%) and between rural and urban women (7.96% versus 42.82%).