Friday, 16 April 2010

Literacy in Mumbai city

Everybody in Mumbai knows to read and write. Er.. Well.. Almost everybody.

Yeah! I have reason to think that everybody in Mumbai knows to read and I would include street children too. It matters not that some of them have no time to go to school, working on the street is a hard job and these kids do a great job begging and earning for their parents, and yet they are smart, well that is for another day, here I am thinking that they can read and write, maybe not word by word, or alphabet by alphabet but they are expert in sight reading and this is all thanks to the big, huge hoarding that you see at every street.

Mumbai is the commercial city and every corner of the Mumbai is used up by hoardings or knowledge pads if you might call that.

Be it at the bus stop,

or on the top of the building

 At road dividers

Or at middle of the road

the education aids are there…everywhere....and you always wondered whether children in Mumbai know to read and write…

There! Now you know it.

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The name "Bombay" was derived from 'Bom Bahia' (The Good Bay),

.... a name given by Portuguese sailor Francis Almeida, in 1508 ....“Bounce back Mumbai” it is called by the locals, it is a city that has been through a lot in the recent past – floods, bomb blasts, riots – and come out stronger each time.

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