The word “LitRAG” stands for “Literacy Rotarian Action Group”, we are a network of Rotarians throughout the world who have a special interest in acting upon the mission and goals of Rotary International related to
- Alleviate illiteracy;
- Enhancing literacy teaching and learning globally, and
- Helping to provide materials and equipment for literacy education at different levels.
Like all Action Groups, it is an autonomous association of likeminded Rotarians, partners of Rotarians, and Rotaractors working in partnership with Clubs and Districts on literacy projects of mutual concern.
LitRAG’s mission is three-fold:
- To increase general awareness of the severity of illiteracy throughout the world; its effects on the quality of the lives of individuals, families, communities and nations from generation to generation.
- To raise awareness among Rotarians, Rotary Clubs and Rotary Districts of ways in which they can help reduce the extent and impact of illiteracy throughout the world, and
- To help Rotarians, Rotary Districts and The Rotary Foundation to increase the scale and effectiveness of their participation in the alleviation of illiteracy, thereby supporting the pursuits of the Object of Rotary
LitRAG’s goals are several. Among them are the following:
- To continue to support and extend Lighthouse Literacy Projects in economically developing countries using the Concentrated Language Encounter (CLE) immersion approach to teaching and learning literacy in formal and informal settings for children and adults alike.
- To cooperate with organizations such as the International Reading Association and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in supporting a range of literacy projects at local, regional and international levels.
- To provide instructional procedures, demonstrations and resources to support the implementation of Concentrated Language Encounter (CLE) and other large-scale literacy projects.
- To provide essential materials and equipment to schools and other educational institutions to enable the use of best teaching practices.
What Strategies will LitRAG use to achieve its Goals?
The following strategies are among those that will be used to achieve LitRAG’s goals.
- Publicise the extent and consequences of illiteracy in terms of human experience and welfare using a website, newsletters, pamphlets, diverse other publications, displays, and conferences;
- Attract and involve Rotarians, their partners and Rotaractors as LitRAG members;
- Develop support systems for Rotary literacy activities, including the nomination of project advisers, and
- Develop productive relationships with appropriate non-Rotary organizations and agencies, e.g. International Reading Association