India’s government on Thursday proposed spending about Rs. 100 crore for leaflet campaigns to teach the country’s children to learn the English language and read.
The move was made in the budget presentation to Parliament, which also included a pledge to spend about Rs 1,000 crore to create 1 million classrooms across the country.
It was a bid to encourage the young to read and write, which is the main objective of the government’s National Literacy Mission.
This is the first time the government has made such a concerted effort to create a national curriculum, said Bharat Bhattacharya, deputy education minister.
As part of the effort, the government will also launch a nationwide digital literacy campaign.
In order to attract and retain high-skilled people, the plan calls for an education plan that includes providing a pathway for people who are currently out of education to earn a college degree.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to make a speech to the nation in the next few weeks on how India can tackle the countrys huge youth unemployment problem, which has reached more than 70 percent in the country and is projected to double by 2025.