In Nepali language, there is a popular saying, “Kalo Akshyar Bhaisi Barabar” …
That means, the black alphabets (printed alphabets in black) are like buffalo. For an illetrate, who doesn’t know the alphabets, all you can see is shapes but, don’t know what they mean. A lot of people who haven’t gone to school are like that. To reduce such people in Nepal, government has introduced senior schools (Praud Sikshya). These school teach alphabets to mother, father, grand mother, grandfathers of children.
Like Nepal, similar saying is popular in India in Hindi – “Kala Akshyar Bhais Barabar”. May be the Nepali version is an exact translation of Hindi saying or vice-versa.
On the international literacy day, this poster was published for awareness: