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Book Drive for Rotary Books! Feb 4-13

posted Feb 8, 2019, 10:57 AM by Myrna Rodriguez

Hello,

Interact is hosting a "Book Drive" for Rotary Books for the World, February 4-13. Please place all books in the boxes located in dining hall, ECHS, library, main office, copy room, book room and room 316. Consider donating to help fill each one of the boxes!

 FOR most Westerners, reading is more of a birthright than a privileged skill. Bedtime stories bring back warm memories and recollections of school spelling bees incite either panic or pride. For many people in South Africa however, literacy is a luxury. Most South African children never have the chance to read a book for fun and a huge chunk of the population do not have books in their homes. Illiteracy rates are high and final school year pass rates remain low. Around 24 per cent of adults over 15 years of age are illiterate and 6 to 8 million adults are functionally illiterate. One of the basic causes of this is the lack of money to fund education. The country’s most poverty-stricken areas made up 40 per cent of all schools in 2007 and resources are not sufficient to provide every learner (student) with the opportunity to become a confident reader and writer. The lack of books, followed by the lack of money, was cited as the leading barrier to education among 7 to 18 year olds in 2006. To work on these issues, the South African Department of Education has help from a number of literacy-promoting nongovernmental organisations (NGOs). One of the most successful of these has been the Rotary-led ‘Bury Me in Books’ campaign. It all started seven years ago when then DGE's Ted Pope (D9300) and Charlie Clemmons (D5890) launched the Bury Me in Books campaign. Since then, Rotary clubs in Texas together with schools and private individuals have collected and shipped close to 9 million books through the ‘Rotary Books for the World’ project. - http://www.rotarybooksfortheworld.org/PDF/Bury_me_in_Books_Article.pdf

Lifting literacy levels in South Africa - Rotary Books for the World - Answering Literacy Needs

12 Rotarian Life bury me in books FOR most Westerners, reading is more of a birthright than a privileged skill. Bedtime stories bring back warm memories and recollections of school spelling bees incite either panic or pride.

www.rotarybooksfortheworld.org

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