More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population.

At Rotary, we strive to enhance the capacity of communities to promote fundamental education and literacy, diminish gender inequality in education, and enhance adult literacy. Our commitment is to facilitate education for every child and literacy for both adults and children. By advocating for universal access to education and providing resources to support literacy, we aim to empower individuals and communities, promote lifelong learning, and foster positive social and economic development.

Why Basic Education and Literacy?

Education, a fundamental right, eludes many, as highlighted by a 2018 report by UNESCO and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

In that year, approximately 258 million children remained deprived of education. Root causes vary, encompassing limited access, income disparities, child marriages, natural disasters, conflict, and more. Girls, particularly those who never enter the education system, are disproportionately affected.

Even among enrolled students, the UIS estimated in 2017 that over 617 million — or six out of ten — children and adolescents in primary and lower-secondary school struggled to attain minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics.

Aiming to offer primary and secondary education for all, the recruitment of 69 million teachers is required by 2030. Additionally, 773 million adults worldwide are illiterate, with women forming the majority.

Educated parents are more inclined to send and keep their children in school until graduation. This underlines why Rotary values literacy skills across all ages.

Rotary members actively pinpoint barriers to education in local communities and devise solutions to amplify learning, generate opportunities, and enhance dignity for individuals globally.

What Rotary is doing

Engage in this area of focus by crafting initiatives that:

  • Strengthen local communities’ ability to extend basic education and literacy to children and adults through access and scholarships
  • Address gender inequalities in education
  • Foster teachers’ growth through professional development and advanced scholarships tailored to local needs. Themes could span instructional strategies, integrating technology, remote teaching, classroom management, and supporting children during challenging circumstances.
  • Supply classrooms with technology and equipment, accompanied by comprehensive training encompassing more than equipment handling and care
  • Establish after-school tutoring initiatives guided by qualified tutors, aligned with the school curriculum.

Through our initiatives, we aim to impart skills, knowledge, and experience in information technology to students, adults, and other professionals who serve vulnerable populations. Our goal is to promote digital literacy and equip individuals and communities with the tools and resources needed to navigate the modern digital landscape. By sharing our expertise, we can help bridge the digital divide and empower those who are at risk of being left behind. At Rotary, we believe that access to information and technology is essential for building a brighter and more equitable future for all.


Rotary members invest in the future by giving scholarships to students who have the potential to change our communities.


As part of our commitment to promoting digital literacy and empowering individuals with marketable skills, we provide laptops to deserving students who have successfully completed our digital marketing certification course. We recognize that access to technology is a critical component of success in today’s digital economy, and we strive to remove financial barriers that can prevent talented and motivated individuals from reaching their full potential. By providing laptops to those who need them most, we hope to create new opportunities for personal and professional growth, and help to build a more inclusive and equitable society.

How To Get Involved
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


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