Basic Education and Literacy

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.

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.

500
adults raised their reading levels by three grades in Detroit

$100 million
in grants to get clean water in Lebanese schools


"When you teach somebody how to read, they have that for a lifetime. It ripples through the community, one by one. "
- Mark Wilson, Rotary Club member

Education and Literacy Underwriter - Jack Raymond

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A true example of “People of Action” can be found in Jack Raymond. Jack has been a Rotarian for almost 60 years and during that time he has held every position and chaired every committee his Escondido Club has to offer. This is on top of his community activities as Past President of Escondido Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the board for Palomar Family YMCA, chairman for California Center for the Arts and founding chairman of the Escondido Charitable Foundation.ucsm His commitment to educations runs deep in his veins as elected Escondido Union School District’s board of trustees, and Jack was an early supporter in the establishment of Cal State San Marcos and much of the success of Cal State San Marcos can be attributed directly to Jack.

Just as remarkable is that Jack has inspired others in so many ways by his taking-action approach. When something needs to be done, he gathers a few of his friends and it gets done. His energy and passion is infectious. And Jack’s philanthropy in the community has no bounds.

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