Posted by Roger Lindley on Sep 01, 2019

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 project in your community. Here are a few ways you can get involved:

* Volunteer in a classroom or after-school program.
* Promote student enrollment and prevent absences, especially for girls, by providing safe drinking water, gender segregated toilets, handwashing stations, and training on hygiene and menstrual hygiene management for students and teachers.
* Work with a partner to provide training to school librarians on performing reading assessments and utilizing methodologies to work with students who have special learning needs.
* Develop an adult literacy program.
* Start a mentorship program for students in your community.
* Find a project to support on Rotary Ideas.

CMIRC Efforts in Education and Literacy
Our club engages in our local community by way of: the BEAM Social Studies GED program, CMIRC English Language Cultural Club, support of the Mae Tao Clinic Child Development Center in Mae Sot, college scholarships for BEAM GED graduates, basic English language sessions at the BCMF B.K. Kee Patient house, night-time sessions in basic English for adults at BEAM and support of a student (right) at The Warm Heart Foundation.
Enhance your efforts 
Every community has different needs and different opportunities to serve. The Basic Education and Literacy Project Strategies Guide (download from My Rotary) can help you ask the right questions, identify real needs, and make the greatest possible impact with the time, energy, and resources you have at your disposal.

How have you been celebrating Rotary Basic Education and Literacy Month? Share your projects on Rotary Showcase. Join the Basic Education and Literacy Discussion Group on My Rotary to learn from experts and share ideas with fellow Rotarians!