Supporting Education

Rotarians in action in Brazil, November 2016. Rio Branco Educational Center for the Deaf, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, was founded in 1977 by Fundação de Rotarianos de São Paulo and offers a free education for deaf children from low-income households.

More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population. 

Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults.

We take action to empower educators to inspire learning at all ages. We share our knowledge and experience with educators and other professionals who work with vulnerable populations. Realizing that getting children into school isn’t enough, Rotary shifts to mentoring and coaching teachers.

Rotary members fight adult illiteracy by working with local advocates to offer community literacy programs.

Rotarians invest in the future by giving scholarships to students who have the potential to change our communities.