Rotarians in India Spread Literacy and Education Around the Country

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.” – Kofi Annan

Today, 785 million people in the world cannot read. That’s 1 in 5 people that are unable to finish school, get a proper job, apply for loans, understand medical instruction, and so much more that is necessary for a productive life. Without the ability to read, many people are left behind.

With our mission to bridge the communication gap with Speaking Books, we often look to organizations that are promoting literacy around the world. One such organization we wanted to highlight this month is Rotary International Literacy Mission (RILM) which aims to dramatically improve literacy in India through its T-E-A-C-H program. With 1 in 4 people in India unable to read, RILM has set out on one of the most comprehensive programs on Total Literacy and Quality Education in order to close the gap.

The T-E-A-C-H program focuses on 5 key components that RILM believes are critical for promoting higher education and equality in India.

[T] Teacher Support: Ensure teachers are well trained and have access to modern technology

[E] E-Learning: Grant students access to the best e-learning facilities and learning materials

[A] Adult Literacy: Give every adult an opportunity to be literate and earn a living with honor

[C] Child Development: Ensure that every child in India goes to school and has equal opportunities

[H] Happy Schools: Create a warm and comfortable atmosphere for learning

RILM is making a tremendous impact on education and literacy in India. Some of the incredible results from the program are outlined below. Visit their website to learn more about the T-E-A-C-H program, specific projects, and its continued impact. We look forward to working together to promote literacy in India and around the world.


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