Help achieve universal education: take action during Rotary Literacy Month

By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Programs staff

Since the U.N. Millennium Development Goals were established in 2000, Rotary has played a role in global efforts to reduce extreme poverty and reach target goals by 2015. While great progress has been made towards universal primary education, advancements towards this goal slowed significantly over the past eight years. About 58 million primary-school-age children are currently not enrolled in school while 781 million adults and 126 million youth worldwide lack basic literacy skills.*

Achieving universal primary education and gender equality in schools is critical to meeting other development goals. Greater levels of education help communities fight poverty, prevent disease, and access and sustain resources for longer, more prosperous lives.*

During March, Rotary Literacy Month, replicate successful Rotary projects to continue addressing literacy, education, and gender equality at school:

How else can we help?

  • Conduct assessments. Determine core literacy and education needs in a particular community.
  • Involve the whole family. Organize family events to empower parents and caretakers to remain actively involved in their children’s education or to seek educational opportunities for themselves.
  • Find support. Add your basic education and literacy project to Rotary Ideas to connect with project partners.

Throughout the month of March, check back here for more tips, resources, and inspirational stories to help you plan club and district literacy projects. Remember to share your own basic education and literacy impact on Rotary Showcase.

*Millennium Development Goals Indicators, United Nations Statistics Division

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