The Nilambur’s leadership brewed on the Idea of rendering primary education for every citizen of Nilambur and accomplished total primary literacy through an educational concoction called “Jyothirgamaya“. This accomplishment triggered similar thoughts in the minds of the Indian Government to implement an identical program throughout the Nation on the footsteps of the ‘ JYOTHIRGAMAYA ‘ program.
The need to educate people was identified as backwardness in the rural community was mainly due to illiteracy. To know the status of the village in various development parameters, a detailed survey was conducted on January 26, 2006; About 1,500 volunteers conducted a survey of the village to find that more than 1,500 had not accomplished basic literacy. Having identified this figure, The Nilambur Grama Panchath under the leadership of Mr.Aryadan Shoukath, triggred a movement, by conducting workshops, project discussions with authorities at various levels, planning and sketching a rout map to accomplish this project. The Nilambur Grama Panchayath Administration sort help from Facilitators, Educators, Social Workers and Local Groups who networked efficiently to put the program in place and get it running. 140 centers were established for conducting this literacy program and within a year were able to own the appreciation of The Only Grama Panchayath in India to have attained Total Primary Literacy.
In a society where the women folk of specially the Muslim community are reluctant of stepping out of their homes, this project was received with overwhelming support to make it a successful one and resulted in the declaration of Nilambur attaining 100% primary literacy.
This Cause came to fulfillment on Jan 8, 2008, when Kerala Governor R.L. Bhatia declared that the Nilambur – with its population of 43,000 people – had achieved total primary education. This was a true moment of pride for the people of Nilambur.