Literacy Focus – September 2016

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

With the progress of the new Rotary year, momentum for the literacy programme is rising to a crescendo. Some exciting events are unfolding this month onwards. We are developing partnerships with NGOs, Corporates and the State Governments.

Update – Notable achievements are about to happen in E-learning where we are signing up with the ­Governments for a thousand E-learning centres. The teacher training programme also has taken off well. The Asha Kiran campaign, that started on August 14, reached commitment of 9,000 children to be sent back to school in just four days. Nearly 100 Happy Schools have been built across India so far.

World Literacy Day – Let us celebrate September 8, the World Literacy Day, doing one act from the TEACH programme and help somebody to become literate.

Click a picture of your kind act and post it on social media. Let us make a huge noise on social media, let the world know the might of Rotary and its mission to eradicate illiteracy.
Together let us make this day a great success.

TEACH App – In September look out for the TEACH Application. Be amongst the first to download it from the App Store/Play Store/iOS. It will make things easy for the DGs, Presidents and Rotarians to get news, update projects, share pictures etc. It will be your gateway to find funds for TEACH projects. Have a great ­literacy month.

Best Wishes

Shekhar Mehta,
Chair, RILM


The TEACH activity snapshots:
Teacher Support (Nation Builder Awards)
Rotary Clubs Dehradun, D 3080, ­Yamunanagar, D 3070, Katwa, Silchar and Greenland Silchar, D 3240 have already reached the Star Club recognition for Nation Builder Awards. Teacher evaluation for 30 schools is under progress by RC Bharuch, D 3060, and the best teachers will be honoured with the Nation Builder Award and given special training on September 8 and 9.

The Gujarat Government have already set up 6,094 e-learning kits in its government and government-aided schools. RILM will be signing an MoU with the State Government for installing ­e-learning kits in all the government/government-aided schools of ­Maharashtra. The event will be inaugurated by the ­Maharashtra Chief Minister.

Adult literacy programme by RC Sambalpur West, RI District 3261.

Adult Literacy
RC Jalpaiguri, D 3240, has opened an Adult literacy centre where 15 women have enrolled for the classes. An Adult Literacy project for slum dwellers has been started at Sambalpur with 30 adult ‘students.’ The Parmeswari Bai Memorial Trust, Sambalpur, has sponsored this ­project that costs Rs 30,000 for a course duration of three months.

Child Development
The Asha Kiran campaign that began on August 14 is attracting several thousand pledges on the social media.

Happy School
RC Dehradun, D 3080, has provided toilet blocks for both girls and boys, hand wash facility, drainage facility and water purifier at the Government Primary School, Dharampur. They are also setting up a library with 300 books at the school. RC Vrindavan, D 3110, has adopted the Ucchtar Madhyamik ­Vidyalay, Madrak, and Aligarh School and provided them with ­various facilities.

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