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 and the Rotary Foundation supports education through scholarships, donations and service projects around the world. 
 
And Rotary members do amazing things like: 
 
Opening schools: In Afghanistan, Rotary members opened a girls’ school to break the cycle of poverty and social imbalance.
 
Teaching adults to read: Rotary members in the United States partnered with ProLiteracy Detroit to recruit and train tutors after a study showed that more than half of the local adult population was functionally illiterate.
 
New teaching methods: The SOUNS program in South Africa, Puerto Rico and the United States teaches educators how to improve literacy by teaching children to recognize letters by sounds instead of names.
 
Making schools healthy: Rotarians are providing clean, fresh water to every public school in Lebanon so students can be healthier and get a better education.
 
“When you teach somebody how to read, they have that for a lifetime. It ripples through the community, one by one.”