WHDL - 00014803
WHDL - 00014803
This study investigated whether or not illiteracy affects or does not affect the physical, intellectual, and spiritual health of the migrant girls between the ages eleven to eighteen in Socorro, Porvorim, Goa, India and the holistic ministry that the church can initiate based on the finding of the study. Specific factors were investigated to explore the experiences and perceptions of the selected respondents in light of their situation as being non-literate. The respondents come from different parts of India who have migrated to Goa. They were chosen using the purposive sampling method. The questionnaire that was used in the study was adapted from various sources and validated by the thesis panel. The data were gathered through the following methods: semi-structured/conversation approach interviews, interpretations of the pictures shown them, and drawings of the respondents. These avenues provided the information on illiteracy and the physical, intellectual, and spiritual health of the migrant girls. Based on the findings of the research conducted, the following conclusions were drawn. First, illiteracy does affect in various ways the physical, intellectual, and spiritual health of the migrant in Porvorim, Goa. Physically, illiteracy affects the childhood of these migrant girls because they were thrust into early marriage without the proper preparation and skills for motherhood or the knowledge of how to take care of their bodies. Illiteracy affects their ability to take care of themselves in the sense that they cannot read the important instructions about medicines. Intellectually, illiteracy leads them to be dependent on others and unable to lead a life where they are free to make their own choices. Spiritually, illiteracy becomes an obstacle to grow in God's word, learn scriptures, and study them by themselves. Based on the findings and conclusions of the study, the following recommendations were identified to the church and for future study. For their physical needs, among others, the church could start a "wellness" program that could be holistic in its approach. The program, which can be packaged in such a way that it includes, but is not limited to the following suggestions: how to take care of babies, information on pregnancy, health and hygiene, basic first aid tips and demonstrations, family planning techniques, food preparation, physical fitness, as well as socio-emotional workshops dealing with self-esteem, communication skills, and positive thinking. For their intellectual needs, the church could start a ministry that would provide opportunities to teach these migrant girls how to read, write, and count. for their spiritual needs, the respondents indicated that they are happy with the ongoing prayer meetings in the church, but they also said that it would be more beneficial if they were trained how to read so they could study the Scriptures on their own. Finally, the following are some of the recommendations for further studies: (a) A qualitative study on the best practices on how to teach basic literacy to non-literate girls in Goa; (b) A quantitative study on the relationship between illiteracy and the self-esteem of non-literate girls in at least three states in India; (c) A combination of a qualitative and quantitative study on how to overcome religious illiteracy among teenagers in Goa; (d) A survey on the causes and impact of illiteracy on the lives of at least a thousand non-literate Indian girls for a broader scope.
This collection contains the theses in fulfillment of the degree of Master of Arts in Religious Education at Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary.