Posted on Sep 03, 2017
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
As of August 25th Rosa and I have had the pleasure to visit 36 Clubs in our District. What a
wonderful experience! Most of the Clubs we have visited have at least one project in the
education area which I consider very positive.
More than 775 million people over the age of 15, sixty per cent of them women, are illiterate.
That is 17% of the world’s adult population. Fifty seven million children worldwide are not in
In our Rotary calendar the month of September is Basic Education and Literacy. Let’s continue
doing good in our communities but focusing this month through our actions on:
1) Providing school materials for children in need
2) Providing teacher training and needed classroom supplies
3) Volunteer in a classroom
4) Offering an after-school program
5) Promote student enrollment and prevent health related absences by sponsoring school
meal programs and providing safe drinking water and sanitation facilities
6) Develop an adult literacy program
Our goal in Rotary is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and
literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, increase adult literacy. The Rotary calendar year
is to guide Rotarians and such educational actions should be promoted and continued
throughout the school year and if possible with a long term project.
We need to remember that education plays a vital role in shaping tomorrows’ leaders.
Education is one of the cornerstones of sustainable development.
DG Robert Leger
District Governor 2017 - 2018