In Rotary, the theme for the month of September is Basic Education and Literacy, one of the six areas of focus.
How can we take action?
-Participate in a world community project to provide teacher training and needed classroom supplies. A few of our members already help load containers heading to South Africa with unwanted school room supplies from schools that have been closed in our area. We welcome more of our members to help with this worthy "Global Literacy Project" which is an ongoing project of the Rotary Club of Grand Bend. On Aug 25th I had the privilege of helping them load container #79. I have already signed up for container #80 to be held on Sept 7th in London. It's probably too late to sign up for this one but please consider helping in Exeter when they load another container in October.  Please join me in helping the Grand Bend club with this wonderful project. Not only do you have a great feeling of satisfaction knowing that these items will not be littering the dump but that children who have nothing will now have desks, chairs, blackboards, etc. You also have the opportunity to meet many wonderful Rotarians from our area. 

More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate.

That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population. 

Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults.


How Rotary makes help happen

We take action to empower educators to inspire learning at all ages. 


Adult literacy

Rotary members fight adult illiteracy by working with local advocates to offer community literacy programs. 


Teacher training

We share our knowledge and experience with educators and other professionals who work with vulnerable populations.


Mentoring students

Rotary club pairs students with celebrity and CEO mentors for success.



Our impact on education

The Rotary Foundation supports education through scholarships, donations, and service projects around the world. 

Rotary members make amazing things happen, like:

Opening schools: In Afghanistan, Rotary members opened a girls’ school to break the cycle of poverty and social imbalance.

Teaching adults to read: Rotary members in the United States partnered with ProLiteracy Detroit to recruit and train tutors after a study showed that more than half of the local adult population was functionally illiterate.

New teaching methods: The SOUNS program in South Africa, Puerto Rico and the United States teaches educators how to improve literacy by teaching children to recognize letters by sounds instead of names.

Making schools healthy: Rotarians are providing clean, fresh water to every public school in Lebanon so students can be healthier and get a better education.