Amma Kanaku(2016)

Directed by: Ashwini Iyer Tiwari
Produced by: Anand L. Rai; Dhanush
Starring: Amala Paul; Revathi; Samuthirakani
Music by: Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography: Gavemic U Ary
Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Language: Tamil

Seeran Review: The film is about the care of a mother to make her daughter to learn so that she can escape from the turmoil of working class. She gets an idea to go to the same class as her daughter so that she can understand the problem of her daughter as a friend.

Leave the film for a while. It’s been years since we attained independence. Indian literacy rate has grown to 74.04% (2011 figure) from 12% at the end of British rule in 1947. We still have a long way to go forward. Although this was a greater than six fold improvement, the level is well below the world average literacy rate of 84%,[5] and of all nations, India currently has the largest illiterate population. Despite government programs, India’s literacy rate increased only “sluggishly”,[7] and a 1990 study estimated that it would take until 2060 for India to achieve universal literacy at then-current rate of progress

In 1944, the Government of British India presented a plan, called the Sergeant Scheme for the educational reconstruction of India, with a goal of producing 100% literacy in the country within 40 years, i.e. by 1984. Although the 40-year time-frame was derided at the time by leaders of the Indian independence movement as being too long a period to achieve universal literacy, India had only just crossed the 74% level by the 2011 census.

There is a long queue of personalities who is working for this noble cause. I have chosen one among them – Prof. Shantha Sinha

Shantha Sinha won a Magsaysay Award in 2003 in recognition of “her guiding the people of Andhra Pradesh to end the scourge of child labor and send all of their children to school.” As head of an extension program at the University of Hyderabad in 1987, she organized a three-month-long camp to prepare children rescued from bonded labor to attend school. Later, in 1991, she guided her family’s Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiya Foundation to take up this idea as part of its overriding mission in Andhra Pradesh. Her original transition camps grew into full-fledged residential “bridge schools.” The foundation’s aim is to create a social climate hostile to child labor, child marriage and other practices that deny children the right to a normal childhood. Today the MV Foundation’s bridge schools and programs extend to 4,300 villages

Crude literacy rate = number of literate person divided by total population multiplied by 100

Effective literacy rate (or literacy rate) = number of literate persons aged 7 or above divided by population aged 7 and above multiplied by 100


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