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We believe education is a right, regardless of where you live or how old you are.
Everyone should have the opportunity to learn, and those skills ripple through communities and change people’s lives.
Worldwide, 250 million children don’t have basic reading or maths skills.
Rotary projects and activities help to give children access to an education for the very first time.
We build schools, we supply books and computers for classrooms and we train teachers.
Our work is not just about children. Major problems exist in all age groups, with 17% of the world’s adult population being illiterate. That is 775 million people.
We are dedicated to inspiring and facilitating learning at all ages.
As a member of Rotary, you can educate and uplift students from across the globe, reduce gender disparity in education and inspire the next generation.
As well as our impact overseas, Rotary leaves a lasting legacy on the lives of young people in Great Britain and Ireland.
It is one of our leading commitments to offer young people the platform to unlock their potential, develop their skills and broaden their horizons through education and learning.
Rotary Technology Tournaments are a challenging and enjoyable way for young people to enrich their STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
As well as academic skills, programmes such as the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards help participants develop in areas like teamwork and problem solving.
Find out more about our programmes for young people.
School has running water for the first time for 20 years
Banbury Rotarian, Alan Wolstencroft, went to Sierra Leone for a ‘one-off’ experience in 2005. Since then, his charity work in West Africa has changed lives, the latest of which has established running water to a community school near the capital Freetown.