Posted by F X Sentamu on Sep 01, 2019
It is now two months since the start of the connecting Rotary Year 2019-2020. The ended month of August was Membership and New Club Development Month and from all indications, it has been a great month for exposing Rotary to the wider community and for membership growth. Several clubs participated in the Rotary Cancer Run and the Eastern Mega Fellowship. Thank you for connecting the world.
The month of September, we highlight Basic Education and Literacy, one of the six areas of focus. My friends, did you know that worldwide, many children have no access to education and people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Rotarians are supporting educational projects that provide technology, teacher training, vocational training teams, student meal programs, and low-cost textbooks to communities. The goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.
As Rotarians we dare to imagine a world where all children have access to education and opportunities for productive work as adults. Literacy is central to ensuring that all children develop the capacity to imagine a better future and the skills necessary to shape those dreams. The power of literacy lies not just in the ability to read and write, but rather in the capacity to apply these skills to effectively connect, interpret and discern the complexities of the world in which we live. Literacy is essential to solving the challenges of the world, including eradicating poverty, malnutrition, poor health care and inadequate sanitation. 
Rotary affords each of us the opportunity to help provide basic education and literacy skills to those in need in our communities as one of the six areas of focus for grant funding, Rotary International has endorsed this area of work as important and impactful. What you need to do is to define a problem, propose a solution that may require funding and measure the impact of the project itself.
Without basic education and literacy, people will no doubt be disadvantaged in future opportunities for success and support of their families. Basic Education and literacy skills are the basic tools that can change a life, and, with each life changed, families and ultimately societies are positively impacted.
I ask you to channel your energy this month in enabling your community to a better future; a brighter future.
As a reminder, by now you should have paid your Rotary International half-yearly dues, District and Country Dues. If you have not then I urge you to do so poste-haste.
My friends, we are truly part of a wonderful organization. Through the clubs I have visited as part of my official visit as District Governor, you have done a lot of impact in the respective communities. Be proud to be a Rotarian – I certainly am.
Let us do our part to provide this basic human need!