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The project started in September 1976 and the report had to be finished by August 1977.There was one part-time researcher for the whole period, one part time research assistant and one consultant for four months. The Study of the extent of the national involvement with literacy work in maters of its history obviously required an investigation of the documents and materials published by the sponsoring organizations and involved trying to meet with people who had acquired their literacy skills as a result of their participation in an adult education centre.To assess the achievements and failures of literacy work and to find its correlation with such variables as ethnicity, language, geography, occupation, etc, a set of evaluation materials were constructed based on similar evaluation work1 done elsewhere.The evaluation materials consisted of six sections: The test of literacy included tests on reading, writing, arithmetic, and use of literacy skills.
Lastly, a set of questionnaires for the community elites, that is, the members of the local panchayat and other community leaders was designed to find out their views about literacy, the impact of literacy on the society, and their own involvement in the work.
Apart from the study of available documents, certain questionnaires where sent out to sponsoring organizations in order to get information on their participation in adult literacy work both past and present.
Questionnaires were sent out specially to the AES, NWO, and UNESCO in Nepal.
Terms like 'literacy', 'adult literacy', and 'adult education' have been used as synonymous unless when specified. Abbreviations used in the report are as follows: AES: Adult Education Section, Ministry of Education, His Majesty's Government, Nepal. It also required field studies to acquaint ourselves with the implementation of the policies adopted and formulated by the AES, with the various teaching methods, materials, training of teachers, the qualitative and quantitative progress of the participants in terms of their number and their abilities to read and write, and finally, with the social and economic changes brought about by the achievement of literacy among the participants.
DEO: District Education Office/Officer, Ministry of Education, His Majesty's Government, Nepal. LEP: Literacy Extension Programme run by His Majesty's Government, Nepal. It was also hoped that these enquiries would eventually lead to determining the level at which a person could be called literate in the Nepalese context, and how far existing programs seemed to achieve this level.