CHENNAI: The Rotary India Literacy Mission, an initiative of the Rotary South Asia society for development and co-operation, has constantly been working towards the objective of achieving ‘total literacy and quality education’ in India.
With T-E-A-C-H being one of their main programmes that works towards it, a Rotary South Asia Literacy Summit was conducted at the Chennai Trade Centre to highlight their work on literacy through the programme and also arrive at a future course of action.
The event was inaugurated by the Union Minister for HRD Prakash Javadekar and was attended by representatives from SAARC countries. Talking about the event, Shekar Mehta, convener of the summit said, “We have signed many MoU’s with the government and also organisations including LabourNet and the Loomba Memorial Foundation, to provide both education and skill development to achieve total literacy.”
He added that the pact with Englandbased organisation — The Shrimati Pushpa Wati Loomba Memorial Foundation — was unique as it catered to widows who will be trained in care-giving, hospitality, telecom, and computer and so on. Loomba, who addressed the summit via a video message, said, “I grew up as a widow’s son and know how she was treated. I wanted to help the poor and underprivileged widows to boost their lives,” he said. According to the agreement, 30,000 widows will be trained and it would also benefit unmarried daughters of the widows and single mothers also.
“About 90% of these women will be receiving jobs or fruitful incomes at the end of the training,” said Shekar. LabourNet Services India, a skill development training provider, partnered with the Literacy Mission to train 8,000 widows in Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. “By ensuring quality education to the children of widows, we are paving the way for a better future.
This can help in changing the lives of many women and break the social stigma of being a widow,” she said. MoU with EkStep Foundation and Government of Maharashtra, collaboration with Food security Foundation of India and Indian career education and development council were the other highlights of the three-day summit.