The recent civic body polls in Kerala has brought laurels to the state's Literacy Mission Authority as over 850 people, including those pursuing its various equivalency programmes, and its instructors and preraks have won and many have been elected to key posts. The total of 859 persons include 763 learners of the Authority's various programmes, 49 preraks and 47 instructors.
Kerala State Literacy Mission (KSLM) officials said the victory of personnel associated with the agency was also the achievement of the novel informal education system, being implemented by them which focuses on the social awareness beyond just literacy and continuing education. Of the total elected KSLM personnel, 46 people were selected as presidents and 35 as vice-presidents of various local bodies across the state.
KSLM Director P S Sreekala said the opportunities they got, especially those from the marginalised communities, including tribals through the literacy mission, had a significant role in their election victory. Most number of learners of the literacy or continuing education programmes won from northern Malappuram district, she said. Besides them, 3 preraks and 3 instructors were also elected, taking the total number of KSLM people's representatives from Malappuram to 211. A total of 98 people have been elected from Palakkad district, Kozhikode-76, Thiruvananthapuram-37, Kollam-35, Wayanad-61, Alappuzha-24, Kottayam-38, Ernakulam-45, Idukki- 26, Kannur69, Kasaragod-59, Pathanamthitta-21 and so on, as per the figures. "My participation in various social literacy and empowerment programmes by the Mission has helped me a lot to be more active in public work," said Omana Ramesh, recently elected president of Meppadi village panchayat in Wayanad.