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識字計劃改善生活

 
 

要紀念7月「扶輪識字月Literacy Month,扶輪社可尋找方法協助弱勢社區居民學習閱讀與寫字。南非夸袓魯那托爾Literacy Month省第9270個扶輪社所推動的「成人基礎識字計畫Adult Functional Literacy Project,便是一個絕佳範例。這個計畫最初是1998年,靠第1040(英格蘭)9270地區的30,000美元以及扶輪基金會一筆27萬美元的保健、防飢、人道(3-H)計畫獎助金創辦的,目前已經嘉惠近3200人。其中包括賽凡登與比特馬里茲堡監獄的200多名囚犯,他們是由受訓後的獄友擔任老師,學習以英文與祖魯文讀寫。

前地區總監維克特勿布雷登坎(Victor Bredenkamp)說:「將監獄等罪惡地方轉變為自新與重生的地方,乃是扶輪的目標。」"It is Rotary's aim to change such prisons from places of crime into places of correction and rehabilitation,"他是一名退休教授,目並主持第9270地區的識字計劃。其他保健、防飢、人道(3-H)計劃獎助金計劃3-H Grant project包括在德爾班一帶,和執行夥伴「升級業務」一起舉辦成人基礎教育課程;為比特馬里茲堡近郊的貧窮學生舉辦識字與算術課程;提供學校成人識字課程專用的電腦軟體。該計劃也提供電腦給2間警察局,協助其改善執法人員的英文與祖魯文能力。

除了讓受益者的未來更光明之外,該計劃也讓扶輪社員學會改變使南非貧民處於弱勢的社會情況。

 

 

An adult student takes advantage of a computer-based literacy course, one of the project activities.

Literacy project improves lives

To celebrate July, Literacy Month, Rotary clubs might explore ways to help people in underprivileged communities learn how to read and write. An outstanding example is the Adult Functional Literacy Project being implemented by 27 Rotary clubs in District 9270 in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province.

Established in 1998 with US$30,000 from districts 1040 (England) and 9270 and a $270,000 Rotary Foundation 3-H Grant, the project has so far benefited some 3,200 persons. These include more than 200 prisoners in correctional facilities at Sevontein and Pietermaritzburg, who have been taught to read and write in English and Zulu by prison inmates trained as tutors.

"It is Rotary's aim to change such prisons from places of crime into places of correction and rehabilitation," said Past District Governor Victor Bredenkamp, a retired professor who heads the District 9270 literacy project.

Other efforts of the 3-H Grant project include conducting adult basic education training courses in the Durban area with Operation Upgrade, an implementing partner; offering literacy and numeracy classes to poor residents on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg; and equipping schools with specialized computer software for adult literacy classes. The project also has supplied two police stations with computers to help improve the English and Zulu language proficiency of law enforcement personnel.

In addition to brightening the future of beneficiaries, the project has educated Rotarians about ways to change the social conditions that have disadvantaged South Africa's poor.