Rotarians to eradicate South Asian illiteracy


Himalayan News Service

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KATHMANDU: In a bid to fight illiteracy, the ongoing Rotary International Conference on literacy has mulled over ‘total literacy mission by 2017’ in South Asian countries. 

UNICEF record says that 33 million school going children are deprived of school education, with 65 per cent of them girls.

Presenting a paper, Madhav Mohan, a participant from India in the conference, floated the idea of providing hand-held digital devices to young children deprived of school education for imparting reading and writing skills. 

He said the digital device should be integrated into literacy curriculum and software provided at the cost of Rs 1,700.

At the three-day international conference participated by government officials from all the south Asian countries, representatives took stock of illiteracy in the region for devising strategies and action plans. Rotary is to construct 15,000 toilets for girls aiming at creating better hygiene conditions in support of Wateraid. 

The toilet-making project is to begin from Kapilvastu and Kavrepalanchowk. Dropout rate of girls is alarming due to lack of proper sanitation and toilets in schools in most of the rural areas. 

Meanwhile, Private and Boarding School’s Organisations Nepal has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Rotary International to provide 100 scholarships for Grade VI-X. Higher Secondary Schools’ Association Nepal has also agreed to provide 100 scholarship quotas to the Rotary for Grade XI and XII.

(Source: The Himalayantimes)