Arte, Social, Política e Vida em todo o seu cortejo, para todos, em qualquer lugar, seja qual for a língua,
Arts, Social, Policy and Life concerns, to everybody, everywhere, in any language
terça-feira, 5 de janeiro de 2010
DIFFERENT WAYS TOWARDS LITTERACY
Club presidents are encouraged to share the main points of the following message with all members of their Rotary clubs. Do a Rotary Minute by covering the 10 numbered headings. Or take 5 minutes to cover the headings plus the sub-headings. Or, make up your own version of this message.
All members of every Rotary club should be aware of the following nine facts about literacy service projects.
1. Literacy is one of five service project priority areas emphasized by RI President John Kenny.
a. The other four are HEALTH AND HUNGER, PUBLIC IMAGE, WATER, and YOUTH SERVICES
b. Each of these priority areas is serviced by a resource group whose members are appointed by President John
c. The RI Literacy Resource Group has 60 appointed members including 52 Rotarians appointed to serve Rotary’s 52 zones. The name of your zone’s literacy coordinator can be found at www.rotary.org/literacy.
d. The zone literacy coordinators work through their district counterparts to get information to the clubs and to find out what clubs are doing.
2. Clubs can undertake service projects in any or all of three categories:
a. BASIC LITERACY – The ability to read, write and compute;
b. FUNCTIONAL LITERACY – The knowledge and skills needed for an adult to be a successful worker, citizen, parent and human being;
c. CHARACTER LITERACY – The knowledge and skills needed by an adult to behave ethically in all aspects of life and to adopt Rotary’s service above self view of a meaningful life.
3. Literacy projects are relevant to all of Rotary’s Four Avenues of Service.
4. Vocational Service literacy projects provide youth and adults with tools for ethical behavior, meaningful employment and the Rotary vision of the meaning of work (Service Above Self; They Profit Most Who Serve the Best).
A. Four-Way Test projects are the highest priority because this is one literacy tool which is unique to Rotary. Rotarians have a social responsibility to share the test with the rest of the world.
B. Sharing the Four-Way Test begins by making children, youth and adults aware of it. That can be done by handing out individual copies of the test and placing Four-Way Test posters and banners in schools and other public places.
5. Community Service literacy projects address literacy problems in the local community in one of three ways:
a. First, helping schools and other literacy agencies do their jobs by providing financial support, in-kind gifts and personal services of Rotarians;
b. Second, helping children, youth and adults who have been unable to attend or succeed in school by organizing and supporting out-of-school remedial projects. Examples are a Concentrated Language Encounter class for slum children; a Computer - Assisted Literacy Project for dyslexic children; an Imagination Library project for children in families where the reading of books is not otherwise possible.
c. Third, promoting a local community culture of educational excellence and inclusion. Projects such as student and teacher recognitions, scholarships, contests and competitions are examples.
6. International Service literacy projects most commonly work through The Rotary Foundation.
a. For example, a 3-H grant from TRF enabled three districts in Brazil to implement a Concentrated Language Encounter project which trained 1,900 teachers who then taught about 72,600 adults and children to read and write. District 6900 in Georgia and District 7080 in Ontario, Canada were the international partners. The Brazilian districts were 4250, 4560 and 4760.
b. International projects don’t have to go through TRF. For example, the Rotary Club of Hobe Sound/Port Salerno in Florida, USA celebrated International Literacy Day, by conducting a school supply drive for school children in Haiti. The club provided supplies requested by the school master in Haiti.
7. Club Service literacy projects involve membership, public image and participation in special days or months related to literacy.
A. International Literacy Day (September 8th) is one of those special days
B. Rotary’s Literacy Month in March of each year is one of those special months.
8. The RI Literacy Resource Group encourages all clubs to earn the District Literacy Award by completing five literacy projects.
a. Any five literacy projects will do. Numerous ideas are provided by the RILRG literacy awards brochure available on-line (www.rotary.org/literacy).
b. Last year there were three Rotary districts in which every club earned the District Literacy Award – D-5000 ( Hawaii), D-6900 ( Georgia) and D-3830 (the Philippines).
c. D-5000 has done that for three straight years and is on track to do it again. So far this year every club in that district has done a dictionary Project (community service), celebrated International Literacy Day (club service) and provided 4-Way Test posters to Hawaiian schools (vocational service).
9. The RI Literacy Resource Group provides numerous on-line resources to help clubs identify and implement literacy projects. The three Basic literacy sites are:
10. Every member of your club has just made an acquaintance with opportunities for service in the area of literacy projects. Perhaps your club is already involved in a significant number of literacy projects. If so, congratulations. If not, let the past few Rotary Awareness Minutes be a catalyst for you and your club to expand your involvement with literacy projects.
The Future IS in Your Hands. Richard Hattwick
January 2010 PHOTOS:Mombasa City, in Kenia; Helsinky City, in Finland; Camen and Julio Sorjús (PDRI), Spain; Safack Alpay (Turkey) and Henrique Pinto (Lisbon International Institute); Ricardo Fabregat (Spain) and Henrique Pinto (Literacy Break Out session in Lisbon International Institute); Safack and Denise Alpay, Henrique Pinto and so many friends (District Assembly, Istanbul), Turkey