| New guidebook for development and production of literacy materials |
|Section IV: Distribution, utilization and evaluation of basic literacy & follow-up materials|
Distribution, Utilization and Evaluation of Basic Literacy & Follow-up Materials
Wide distribution, optimum utilization and consistent evaluation to assess the effectiveness and impact of basic literacy and follow-up materials are necessary to achieve the inherent aims of literacy efforts. Irrespective of the length of a literacy project, its post-literacy component should be planned as a long-term continuing/ recurring activity. Retention of newly acquired literacy skills depends upon the degree of their application by the neo-literates in their daily lives.
Although production of highly attractive and useful materials is of crucial importance, programme objectives cannot be achieved unless the neo-literates have easy and frequent access to these materials. Secondly, an economic, social and cultural environment favourable to 'the written word' must be created and maintained-one in which illiterates are motivated and neo-literates' have ample opportunities to read, write and utilize these skills.
The basic literacy and follow-up phases should not be comprised of only the production and distribution of primers, supplementary readers and other materials. Various methodological, statutory and institutional measures should be taken to promote literacy among illiterates and the reading habit among neo-literates. It is important to make them feel comfortable with written communication.