September is Education and Literacy Month

September is Rotary Basic Education and Literacy Month!
 
Rotarians around the world are involved in projects that improve education for all children by building the capacity to provide basic education to all, working to reduce gender disparity in education, and providing scholarships related to basic education.
 
 
One example that is popular in my area of the district is the Guatemala Literacy Project. This is a network of individual Rotarians, Clubs, districts, and the nonprofit organization Cooperative for Education. It is one of the largest, grassroots, multi-club, multi-district projects in Rotary with over 500 participating clubs throughout its 20-year history.
 
Guatemala’s Central and Western Highlands exhibit one of the most extreme combinations of systemic poverty, illiteracy, and inequality in the hemisphere. The indigenous populations that inhabit these regions suffer from malnutrition (rates of which rank among the worst in the world), poor health outcomes, racism, high rates of illiteracy, and low levels of educational attainment. Together, these factors virtually guarantee that the next generation will be no better off than the last.
 
The Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) works to help impoverished Guatemalan communities lift the next generation out of poverty by providing schools with educational tools (like books and computers), training for teachers, and scholarships for students.
 
Your club can work with another club and another district anywhere in the world. This month, think about how YOUR club can change the lives of children by supplying basic educational materials to their community.
 
Be An Inspiration to a child!
Chris