Working with the Global Partnership for Education

By Praveen Prasad, Global Partnership for Education Secretariat and Mary Jo Jean-François, Rotary International Area of Focus Manager for Basic Education and Literacy Last October, the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation and the Board of Rotary International approved a strategic partnership with the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). GPE is the largest global fund solely … More Working with the Global Partnership for Education

Together, We Read: LITRAG and Save the Children partner to support our youngest learners

By Carolyn Johnson, Chair of the Literacy Rotary Action Group One of my best memories as a young mom is reading books with my son when he was a newborn and as he grew through being a toddler, little boy, and into to his early school years. Together, through books, we visited so many places … More Together, We Read: LITRAG and Save the Children partner to support our youngest learners

Increasing clubs’ participation in international service projects

By Elva Heyge, District International Service Chair and member of the Rotary Club of Kentville, (Nova Scotia) Canada When I was appointed as District International Service Chair (DISC) in District 7820, my first task was to reach out to the district’s leadership team to work collaboratively on a strategy to increase clubs’ involvement in projects. … More Increasing clubs’ participation in international service projects

Connecting virtually at the Ecuador Project Fair

By Amparo Albuja, member of the Rotary Club of Quito, Ecuador After fourteen years of hosting our annual Ecuador Project Fair where local clubs’ projects were presented to Rotarians from the United States, Canada and Europe, lifelong friendships have been built and a huge number of projects have been successfully carried out with the support of … More Connecting virtually at the Ecuador Project Fair

Advancing literacy and supporting students during a pandemic

By Rotary Service and Engagement staff According to the United Nations, the COVID-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption in the education system in history, affecting nearly 1.6 billion students in more than 190 countries across all continents. School closures  and other learning spaces have impacted 94% of the world’s student population, 99% of which … More Advancing literacy and supporting students during a pandemic

Saving lives through blood drives

By Jean-Claude Brocart, Rotary-Club Toulouse-Ovalie, District 1700, France, President of Rotary Action Group for Blood Donation (RAGBD) Did you know that each blood donation can save up to three lives? The different components of blood – red cells, plasma and platelets – can be donated to three different recipients. Rotary members in France wanted to … More Saving lives through blood drives

Developing international friendships through the Open World Program

By Carolyn Feuille, District 5190 International Service Chair and member of the Rotary Club of Nevada City, California                         In September 2014, when my Rotary Club of Nevada City decided to apply for the Open World program and host a visiting delegation from Kazakhstan in 2015, we really didn’t know what we were getting into. … More Developing international friendships through the Open World Program

Building new Rotary friendships during a pandemic

By Pam Harrison, past District 7810 District Rotary Friendship Exchange Chair, Canada  In 2019, my District 7810 (Canada/USA) decided to arrange a Rotary Friendship Exchange with District 2380 (Sweden) to take place in May 2020. Rotary Friendship Exchange is an international exchange program for Rotary members and friends that allows participants to take turns hosting … More Building new Rotary friendships during a pandemic