Education cannot be limited to certain age, area or time. It is an understating, continues process. Holy Cross consider education is not just reading and writing but as a process in which women come together, identify their problems, discuss them, take decisions together, implemented them and reflect. We have been working on many issues for last decades to enhance the skills of women towards this end. All these aspects are seen an integral part of education in the Holy Cross parlance. 

Holy Cross has emerged as a force to reckon with in villages by taking up and successfully implementing a number of education related programmes. Let’s know more about the educational intervention and their results.



Adult Education Centers were successfully implemented in 30 of our target Villages through trained Animators. There is one Adult Education Center for each village with 36 illiterate women in the age group 18-45 years were admitted and imparted with reading, writing skills in their native language Telugu.  One Animator was appointed to look after the Center in each village and this animator was facilitated for them to mobilize their locally available resources for their sustainable development. Teaching and Learning material were supplied to every learner at each center.

The Adult Education programme has had a significant impact at three levels of empowerment: power within, power to, and power with.

At the power within level, a key impact is the observation that women have developed an awareness of their own potential to fight against poverty. They are confident, sensitive and informed persons.

At the power to level, the projects have expanded women’s control over their labour, resources and decision-making processes. Access to their own savings, access to networks of women outside their family and access to leadership positions have empowered them.

At the power with level, women have intervened collectively in many institutions: family, market (labour and financial), community and local self-governance institutions.



HCSSS has been making consistent efforts towards the important segment of its action programme - child rights. We have also trying to improve awareness about child rights among public by conducting child rights campaigns. This year, child rights campaigns and rallies were organized at village level. The SHG’s, children, school teachers and people’s representatives participated. Provided with information about the right to education, right to protection, right to participation and right to health.  The role and responsibility of each of them in ensuring child rights was explained.  Many of them said that they were learning these things for the first time. They also prepared an action plan for child labour, child marriages and children’s education. In their respective villages right now, these have been an important part of their activities.



Literacy as a qualitative attribute of the population is one of the most important indicators of the socioeconomic and political development of a society. It is a major component of human resource development and is thus basic to any programme of social and economic progress. The problem of illiteracy is further aggravated by social constraints, which inhibit female literacy and educational development of women. Inequality between genders is one of the most crucial and yet one of the most persistent disparities in India where differences in female and male literacy rates are glaring, more so in the tribal areas and among the disadvantaged sections of society.

This year, we organized awareness camps on of the importance of women adult education. The SHG’s women had stressed the importance of literacy and how the lack of literacy has been an impeding factor in their progress. Educational Officials and representatives from grama panchayathi were invited to these camps to facilitate convergence between SHG’s and others so that women can move towards autonomous functioning in education matters in future. Many women expressed a desire to attend the Adult Education centers and improve their skills of literacy.


VAYAJANA VIDHYA VACHIKAM (Primer) was developed in the Telugu language. Orientation has given to all the Animators on this teaching material. The following table tricks to provide the content for each of the major curricular themes identified.

Major theme

Detailed content

1. Functional literacy

  • Reading writing
  • Numeric counting, adding, subtraction, etc.
  • Language and community skills

2. Health

  • Personal hygiene, environmental hygiene
  • Child bearing, child rearing, immunization
  • Reproductive health, family planning –  methods.
  • HIV

3. Food

  • Nutrition, supplementary nutrition.
  • Deficiency disorders anemia, marasmas  kwashiorkar

4. Agriculture

  • Crops,food crops cash crops
  • Pesticides, fertilizers, organic, chemicals
  •  Vermi compost, neem seeds, neem oil.
  • Seeds, grass storage methods.

5. Pollution

  • Water, air, environment, sound,food

6. Panchayat raj

  • Panchayat – role responsibility, rights of the members.
  • Awareness about politics, participation of women.
  • Women in governance.

7. Gender

  • Status of women
  • Changing role and responsibilities of women in the society.
  • Work done by male and female value.

8. Social problems

  • Child marriages – problems, laws related to it.
  • Child labour – problems, laws related to it
  • Poverty, dowry



Adult Education Centres For Tribal Women
Child Rights Campaigns
Awareness Camps On Women Adult Education
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