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March is Literacy Month!
“Despite significant improvements in literacy rates globally, today there are still 781 million adults and 126 million youth who cannot read or write a simple sentence. Women account for two-thirds of the illiterate population, according to the latest data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). “
Have you ever stopped to think what the simple act of reading and writing means in your day to day life? Imagine a world where all the signs, all the instructions, all the microwave box directions were totally incomprehensible.
We are all part of the very fortunate 80% of the world’s population that learn to read and write at an early age. Rotary has recognized literacy as one of the Six Areas of Focus for our Rotary Foundation. Our common goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.
We have a strong history of support for literacy projects in District 5000 with our Dictionary Project, Keiki Vision, Read to Me, various Scholars programs, computers in schools in Hawaii and South Africa, school textbooks recycled to schools in the Philippines - all being done by multiple clubs – and with clubs coming up with ever more innovative ways to promote literacy at both school age and adult levels in Hawaii and around the world.
This year we asked clubs to incorporate literacy projects into every avenue of service. I can hardly wait to see the awards submissions to celebrate with clubs their accomplishments in bringing this basic human need to all our people.
Celebrate! Help someone learn to read or write! Now there’s a way to really
Light up Rotary!