A quest for international service led to my Rotary moment

By Jerry Kallman, Past President of the Rotary Club of Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA When I first served as president of the Rotary Club of Ridgewood in 2008, I sought out an international service project to complement the several community service activities our club traditionally supported.  During that year’s District Conference, I learned the Rotary …

Supporting basic education and literacy in your community

By Rotary Service and Engagement staff According to the United Nations, 57 million children worldwide are not in school and 757 million people over the age of 15 —two-thirds of whom are women — are illiterate. In honor of Rotary Basic Education and Literacy Month celebrated each September, take action by starting or supporting a literacy …

Bridging the generation gap through mentorship

By Paul Taylor, Writer, Researcher, Speaker and Senior Fellow at Encore.org In a rapidly evolving society, many communities are experiencing a generation gap between older and younger residents. Oakland, California in the United States is one such place. Bridging the distance between the older citizens of Oakland and the younger communities they serve is a …

Basic education and literacy in a digital world

By Azka Asif, Rotary Service and Engagement staff Today, we join the global community in celebrating International Literacy Day: a day uniting governments, civil society organizations, communities, teachers and key stakeholders to highlight our achievements in basic education and literacy while looking ahead on ways to address remaining challenges. This year's theme, Literacy in a …

Access to technology prepares students for innovative careers

By Andrea Paolo Rossi and Oliviero Zondini, Rotary Club of Cesena in Italy and global grant project leads Our Rotary Club of Cesena is big with more than 100 members who represent the rich culture and strengths of our region. The local economy in Cesena is centered around agriculture and the manufacturing industry, in particular …

Improving basic education and literacy – a task for all Rotarians

By Ivan Karanovic, member of Rotary Club Belgrade Skadarlija (Serbia) and lead for a global grant project To ensure Rotary continues to attract passionate members, we must invest in our future leaders. By focusing on basic education and literacy projects, we develop future leaders that will catapult Rotary forward. Youth faced with disaster or living in …

Creating stronger Basic Education and Literacy projects

By Mary Jo Jean-Francois, Area of Focus Manager for Basic Education and Literacy Each and every day, I am amazed at the work Rotary clubs and districts do in education. From simple book drives to complex reading assessments in classrooms, hundreds—possibly thousands—of Rotary projects are being done each year to help better education for children …

Young Rotary leaders take action to empower their community through education

By Med Yassine Boukhari, Officer of the Interact Club of Tunis Inner City, District 9010, Tunisia During September, Rotary Basic Education and Literacy Month, the Interact Club of Tunis Inner City visited the Elderly House of Mannouba. Volunteer teachers accompanied us, and during our visit, we talked with the seniors and reminded them that they …