Literacy India Teams Up With Oxford University Press To Upskill Women


New Delhi: Literacy India has teamed up with Oxford University Press (OUP) to launch a new education and skill development centre for women to celebrate the occasion of International Women’s Day on Monday.

The centre is aimed at providing quality education to women to make them employable. This move came in response to the impact the country has had during the lockdown months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The centre, located in Nodia’s Gheja village, will offer programmes in stitching and tailoring, beauty and wellness, basic computer literacy and basic English speaking.

This centre will also provide remedial education to children who lost one year of schooling for lack of access to digital learning resources, an OUP statement was quoted by news agency PTI.

The centre was conceptualised in October 2020, in response to the impact of lockdown during peak COVID-19 months when men in several single earning households lost their jobs in factories, offices and other commercial establishments, the statement said.

Awards were given to the first batch of women on International Women’s Day after they completed a course in stitching and tailoring.

“At OUP, we believe in the transformative power of learning and education and this informs everything that we do. I am delighted that our charitable initiative with Literacy India will inspire progress and help these very talented women to realise their true potential,” OUP India managing director Sivaramakrishnan Venkateswaran was quoted as saying by the agency.

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