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District Assembly 2010 - Literacy Presentation


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District Assembly 2010 - Literacy Presentation

  1. 1. Literacy in District 1010 Hilary Gordon District Literacy Coordinator
  2. 2. <ul><li>Today I will talk about: </li></ul><ul><li>3 levels of literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy links to the 4 avenues of service </li></ul><ul><li>District / Zone Literacy Award </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce First Steps Himalaya as a District Literacy project </li></ul>
  3. 3. RI recognises 3 levels of literacy: BASIC – the ability to read and write and compute FUNCTIONAL – the knowledge and skills needed in these areas as an adult to be a successful worker, citizen, parent and human being. CHARACTER – the knowledge and skills needed in an adult to behave ethically in all aspects of life. (eg Charity work / citizenship / environment / fund raising) Information from: 2009-2010 Literacy Resource Group
  4. 4. <ul><li>Clubs are encouraged to undertake projects in each of Rotary’s 4 avenues of service: </li></ul><ul><li>Club Service </li></ul><ul><li>Vocational Service </li></ul><ul><li>International Service </li></ul><ul><li>Community Service </li></ul><ul><li>as well as linking to health, hunger and water . </li></ul>
  5. 5. District /Zone Literacy Award Claim a District Award by completing 5 literacy projects. Or a Zone award for 10 projects (all different types of project) and should include celebrating Literacy Month By 15 th April This will be an annual award.
  6. 6. Literacy Awards claimed by clubs this year in District 1010: 19 District ( 5 projects) 9 Zone (10 projects) 28 total Aiming for more next year!
  7. 7. <ul><li>Suggested Activities for Literacy awards </li></ul><ul><li>Club Service </li></ul><ul><li>Promote literacy day (8 th Sept) and/or literacy month (March) </li></ul><ul><li>Invite a literacy speaker to a club meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Devote a club meeting to literacy awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks for Life Exhibition- showing how we help poorer counties (Character literacy) </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Vocational Service </li></ul><ul><li>Work in a school offering support to write CVs, careers guidance, or mock interviews. </li></ul><ul><li>Candidates provide CV/Interview for RYLA </li></ul><ul><li>Work in school (eg Rotakids) and link with a literacy project or the value of rich counties helping poorer countries </li></ul><ul><li>Explore the 4 way test at club meetings </li></ul><ul><li>A talk/participate in Better World Books </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>International Service </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in an international book shipping project eg Books Abroad, Dictionaries4life </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in a literacy and education-focused international project that is connected to hunger, health and water concerns. </li></ul><ul><li>Make a donation to School4all </li></ul><ul><li>Make a donation to First Steps Himalaya via their website, or through the Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum </li></ul><ul><li>Make a donation to The literacy in a box trust, </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Community Service </li></ul><ul><li>Support a computer assisted literacy solution in schools </li></ul><ul><li>Do a preschool book project eg books for babies </li></ul><ul><li>Link with schools to offer support for literacy eg provide Dictionaries4life , listening centres, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Help fund raise for schools to provide reading books/ library books etc </li></ul><ul><li>Engage in a school partnership such as offering reading mentors, or other needs identified by the school. </li></ul><ul><li>Operate Rotating Books in the Community – link with the local school or library </li></ul><ul><li>Run PSQ </li></ul><ul><li>Imagination Library </li></ul>
  11. 11. FIRST STEPS HIMALAYA GIVING CHILDREN A CHILDHOOD CHARITABLE TRUST <ul><li>Established October 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Founded by Durga Aran & Fionna Heiton </li></ul><ul><li>Aims to give children a childhood in rural Nepal </li></ul><ul><li>Set up first early childhood project in 2009 </li></ul>
  12. 12. Sangachok Project, Nepal <ul><li>Located 3 hours north of Kathmandu </li></ul><ul><li>Population: 6,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Research showed poor parental practices, poor nutrition and lack of services for children under 5 years & their mothers </li></ul><ul><li>Commenced services in July 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose built centre open from 25 th October 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Community E arly C hildhood D evelopment Project, ( ECD ) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Very rural community – women and children undertaking manual work
  14. 14. Government School 900,000 primary aged pupils do not attend school in Nepal : Rote learning is used. Very poor facilities and very little equipment.
  15. 15. Private Education Similar teaching methods are used - not available to poor communities. Also poor facilities and equipment.
  16. 16. Existing childcare Children are either locked up during the day, or they are taken to be beside their mother while she works in the fields/collecting water etc. There is no play.
  17. 17. Home Situation Homes are very poor. There are no toys, or encouragement to play.
  18. 18. Existing Health Facilities Very basic health facilities. Lack of support for pregnant and nursing mothers. No guidance on infant care and weaning. Parents are unaware of their role in their child’s development.
  19. 19. Community E arly C hildhood D evelopment (ECD) classes began in July 2009 in temporary accommodation The children as they were in July 2009
  20. 20. By October Children learning to play and interact while having fun. Parents learning about the value of education. Locals being trained.
  21. 21. By October Children being given a childhood
  22. 22. Opening of the ECD Centre on 25 th October 2009
  23. 23. Sponsored Fruit each week Locals are trained to run the ECD Centre. Parents will be taught to understand the role of education to support their child throughout their schooling.
  24. 24. <ul><li>Aiming for Positive behavioural changes </li></ul><ul><li>Increased parental involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness of hygiene and nutrition </li></ul><ul><li>already there is evidence of change </li></ul>
  25. 25. The Powers of technology Eco tourism Comfortable accommodation with a village family – for visitors to see the project. The latest teaching aids can be used to support parents and children
  26. 26. <ul><li>The services from the centre include: </li></ul><ul><li>Play based pre-school classes for children aged 3-5 </li></ul><ul><li>Mother & baby classes offering parent education on child development, nutrition and safety </li></ul><ul><li>Play groups for 1-3 year olds </li></ul><ul><li>Growth monitoring – weight and height checks </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion of vaccinations </li></ul><ul><li>Ante-natal classes, ante-natal exercises, nutrition, birth preparedness and complication readiness </li></ul><ul><li>Home based play groups for outlying households </li></ul><ul><li>Library services </li></ul><ul><li>Training of female community health volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy campaigns on child marriage, child trafficking, child labour & environmental issues </li></ul> 
  27. 27. <ul><li>Plans for the future: </li></ul><ul><li>Working with the Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum and the Rotary Club of Kopundol ( matching grant) </li></ul><ul><li>Other clubs in 1010 to become involved </li></ul><ul><li>A 2 nd Project site to be identified in April 2010 to commence in October 2010, to deliver a similar range of early childhood, health awareness and parental education services to the Sangachok project </li></ul><ul><li>Rotary to fit out and provide the initial running costs of this new centre </li></ul><ul><li>The cost will be £7,500 to £8,000 </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>What should I do now? </li></ul><ul><li>Apply for a District/Zone Literacy award by 15 th April Annually (5 or 10 projects) </li></ul><ul><li>Each club should appoint a literacy specialist. </li></ul><ul><li>Join the Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum and our District to support First Steps Himalaya </li></ul><ul><li>Invite me to come to your club as a speaker, or email me for advice. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Thank you Any Questions?