Bridge the education gap: take action during Rotary Literacy Month

Rotary Service Connections

By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Programs staff

Despite rising literacy rates for youth and adults, 897 million people around the world are still illiterate* and 57 million children of primary school age are not in school. In March, Rotary Literacy Month, let’s reaffirm our commitment to meet basic education and literacy needs locally and abroad.

Here are just a few examples of how we’re helping improve education around the world:

  • bookdistribThe Rotary Club of Tachia Centennial, Taiwan, helps children foster a love for learning and reading by donating books to children from birth to age five. The Taichung City Education Bureau advises on which books to distribute through the Bookstart project. More than 130 families have already participated in this program.
  • readingtimeFocused on improving reading comprehension and an appreciation for books, the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise, Bahamas, launched a reading time initiative at a community preschool. Every week, club members…

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