• Title:Gov Nancy at the Lynchburg Morning Club in 2019 (pre-COVID)
  • September is Basic Education & Literacy Month

    I hope you all are staying safe and healthy as this pandemic continues. Although we want it to be over, precautions still need to be taken, especially if your clubs have (more....)

  • Gov Nancy at the Lynchburg Morning Club in 2019 (pre-COVID)
     


    Dear District 7570 Rotarians,

    I hope you all are staying safe and healthy as this pandemic continues. Although we want it to be over, precautions still need to be taken, especially if your clubs have returned to meeting in-person. Masks and physical distancing are strongly re-commended and show respect for others.

    September is Basic Education and Literacy month. This continues to be an important priority in our local communities and the world. It is hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That's 17 percent of the world’s adult population.

    As one of The Rotary Foundation’'s 7 Areas of Focus, it is a goal of Rotary to strengthen the ability of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. As Rotarians, we must support education for all children and literacy for all children and adults. 

    Many of our District 7570 clubs are actively involved in Basic Education and Literacy:distributing dictionaries to 3rd graders; volunteering to assist with reading programs at local elementary schools; mentoring students that need extra support and assistance with their studies; teaching functionally illiterate adults to read; and supporting schools, basic education, and literacy around the world through global grants and other projects. 

    Remember that illiteracy contributes to poverty. People who can read are likely to get a job and generate the income needed to support a family. It also helps the ability of people to obtain and understand essential information in their daily lives, which can benefit health and safety.

    Given these literacy statistics, we have our work cut out for us. Thank you for all that you do to support education and literacy in your local communities and the world. 
    I enjoyed my Virtual DG area visits in August and look forward to those that are coming up this month. I love seeing you via Zoom and hearing what's on your minds.

    Please continue to protect and take care of yourself and others. You are appreciated, valued, and cared about!

    Yours in Rotary Service,
    DG Nancy