Posted by Sharmila Bhatt on Aug 04, 2018

Crafting your soul by providing education

One of the great privileges of being a District Governor is having a chance to visit all clubs in different parts of the two countries in District 9211 which comprises of Tanzania and Uganda and experiencing the work of Rotarians and Rotaractors in their clubs.

September is “Basic Education and Literacy” month and Rotary world over focusses on strengthening the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. 

A strong foundation in basic education and literacy is essential for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging economic and community development, and creating more peaceful, thriving communities. More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population. 

When I see the work Rotarians do, I am always impressed and inspired. But when I see the work of our new generations especially Rotaractors I am often very surprised  – that their work in community’s parallels Rotarians and their creativity and ingenuity is keeping me even more inspired. Every generation sees the world in a unique way and faced with the same problems we arrive at different solutions. An Interact club in Bushenyi is making briquets for cooking using old thrown away newspapers thus avoiding cutting down trees for charcoal. 

Rotarians too are taking action - the Rotary club in Kajjansi every year adds a new classroom and to-date they have built 7 new classrooms and the school now has students upto grade 7 and for every classroom they provide they have a partnership with the local government to build a room to house the teacher. Rotarians from the source of the Nile are providing 28 schools and communities with drinking water by rain water harvesting and this is bringing back children to school and improving attendance. 

We are in the business of bringing miracles. Even a single spec released in the right direction can make a huge impact. Let us invest in our children for our common future. Whether our nations grow and prosper will depend heavily on the survival, health, education and protection of our citizens, particularly the youngest and let us play our part as Rotarians. Keep investing and “Be the Inspiration” . 

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