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Project Ideas

Depending on the needs in your community, your project may bring literacy services to new children and adults, or work on improving existing literacy programs. Here are some ideas.

  • Recruit new children into literacy programs
    • Survey the community for children, especially girl children, who have never had the opportunity to go to school and determine if their participation could be increased by improving access and/or improving the quality of education.
    • Make literacy programs accessible to children outside formal education: provide classes in evening hours in existing facilities and provide nutritious snacks. Make a special effort to reach street children, providing them with literacy classes and vocational training.
    • Povide literacy facilities near neighbourhoods that have limited access to schools, such as slums, to attract children. The facilities can also be used for other programs, such as health services for the children.
    • Organise a vocational training program for older children, making basic literacy one of its components.
    • Provide schooling to children especially where child labour is prevalent giving focus to the relevant vocational skills.
  • Support exiting literacy programs for children
    • Determine the dropout rates of schools in your community and develop a plan to reduce the dropout rate.
    • Provide nutritious meals to schools that do not have existing food programs, and sustain the program over a semester or year.
    • Collect used uniforms, books, and other educational materials and make them available to schools lacking such supplies. Students can be recruited into the effort by asking them to donate their surplus materials.
    • Adopt a school, arranging for its upkeep and caring for its unmet needs. Provide equipment and materials, such a computers and electronic equipment.
    • Organise reading or teaching sessions where Rotarians spend some time at the school, providing one-on-one assistance to the students. Arrange transportation for the Rotarians to go visit the school.
    • Provide playground equipment to schools.
    • Organise transportation for children to go to school.
    • Reward excellence by awarding graduating students scholarships for further education.
    • Work with the Literacy Task Force to implement the Concentrated Language Encounter teaching method in a local school or literacy center.
    • Support additional training for local teachers and school administrators.
  • Recruit new adults into literacy programs
    • Conduct a survey to determine the portion of the population to be served and the best approach for an adult literacy program.
    • Implement an adult literacy program by consulting with professional educators to develop a needed curriculum, establishing a meeting place and time, and recruiting potential participants.
    • Create a reading space or literacy center at a centrally located local school or community center where adults can go to practice their reading and receive encouragement on their reading and writing practice. Keep the reading area open in the evening and on the weekends.
    • Involve new adults in vocational training programs that have a basic literacy component.
    • Find out about the Concentrated Language Encounter teaching method and explore how it could be used to improve the literacy programs already in your community.
  • Support existing literacy programs for adults
    • Organise transportation and day-care so adults can participate in literacy programs more easily.
    • Collect used books and educational materials and make them available to literacy programs lacking such supplies. Provide computers and other electronic equipment.
    • Invite Rotarians to work with adult learners on a one-on-one basis, working together to improve reading and writing skills.
    • Reward excellence by awarding graduating students scholarships for further education.
    • Organise a public-awareness campaign encouraging parents to read to their children.
    • Start a community literacy where one is not available. This could be a mobile library in rural areas.
    • Establish a book discussion group or reading club, perhaps in co-operation with a local library.
    • Offer an award to a local company with the most comprehensive literacy program for its employees.
    • Fund a picnic for literacy learners and their tutors.
    • Sponsor a book drive to donate a collection of books to a community center or school.
  • Vocational training
    • Organise a career day at a school, workplace, or community center, providing information on the various occupations represented by Rotarians and other community members.
    • Create a career centre where community members can come review job advertisements in local newspapers, write their resumes and receive advice on their job search.
    • Organise a workshop on a specific skill that allows community members to improve their job skills
    • Establish a home for street children, and provide vocational training so they have a skill to sell.
  • Literacy for mentally and physically challenged
    • Organise special cells for slow learners.
    • Start schools and/or provide support for visually challenged, hearing/speech impairing children.
  • Training of teachers
    • Organise/support training of teachers in specialised educational programs.
    • Exchange of teachers between schools of different countries on short term basis for enhancement of knowledge and experience.
    • Recognising the importance of teachers and honouring them in the society.
  • Suggestions for all projects
    • Stay in touch with the individuals that have benefited from the literacy program, and encourage them to seek further education.
    • Contact Interact and Rotaract clubs, and other youth organisations to explore how the young adults can become involved in literacy projects.
    • Contact local organisations and government offices already working in literacy to develop collaborative projects.
    • Involve Rotary Community Corps to mobilise children and adults to attend literacy classes.
    • Encourage Rotary clubs to have a maximum number of Rotarians and spouses involved in hands-on activities under the literacy program.
    • Award the Rotarians and other community members who have been significantly involved in the literacy project.
    • Use International Literacy Day (8 September) as an opportunity to promote literacy awareness.

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