Rotary Club of Berhampur Today’s Program
: Inauguration of LITERACY MONTH & Prof. Prakash Chandra Mishra, Dept. of Commerce Berhampur University, analysis of “BUDGET-2013”. Program : (8th March‘13) : Amul Vidya Bhusan Awards.
EDITORIAL "Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right.... Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential." - Kofi Annan MARCH IS LITERACY MONTH ROTARY AND LITERACY In 1985, Rotary declared basic literacy to be a pre-condition to the development of peace. Through this organizational emphasis, more than half the world's 34,000 Rotary clubs address the full range of literacy and mathematical challenges for primary, vocational, and adult learners as well as teacher training. Many Rotary club members promote what is termed "lighthouse" literacy projects which utilize the Concentrated Language Encounter method (CLE) - those that can be replicated easily, thereby increasing the scope of their impact. Lighthouse literacy projects have been created for formal schooling, older children who are not in school, functionally illiterate adults (particularly women), special groups, and teacher's training. The purpose of these projects is to inspire, guide and support national authorities toward alleviating mass illiteracy in developing countries. In Thailand, for example, the "lighthouse" literacy effort has been so successful that the government adopted it as a national program. Similar literacy initiatives have been sponsored by Rotary clubs in Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, and South Africa. Editor : Rtn. PP Ranjit Panda Chaterjee lane, Near Old Bus Stand, Berhampur- 760001 Cell : 9437011024
Friday, 1st March. 2013 Below are some examples of literacy projects: Early Childhood Literacy and Primary Education Early literacy training is critical to the success of a child's later education. Rotarians work with children, parents, and educators to encourage and build reading skills at an early age. In 2004, Rotary clubs in Brazil established Educafé, a primary school for the children of coffee farmers in a remote part of Bahia State. Previously, 80 percent of local children had not attended school or received regular meals. The school provides education, meals, uniforms, transportation, books, supplies, and preventive health care for nearly 80 children. Adult Literacy Programs Many adults in both the developed and developing world lack the skills they need to hold a job or perform basic tasks required by everyday life. The hardships caused by illiteracy, from the difficulty in finding employment to the constant pressure to cover it up, often lead to a host of other problems. In Turkey, nearly 10,000 adults - 95 percent of whom are Kurdish Turkish women - have participated in Rotary's CLE programs, where they acquire basic literacy skills and vocational training. Similarly, Rotary members in Egypt have managed a CLE program that has provided nearly 5,000 students with basic literacy skills, reproductive health education, and sewing instruction. Literacy and Women Because girls do not have access to education in many parts of the world, the illiteracy rate among women exceeds that of men. Studies of illiteracy rates in low-income countries have shown a 20 percent difference between the genders. In 2008 the New Zabuli Education Center, a free year-round school located 30 miles outside of Kabul, Afghanistan, opened for girls who were not educated under the Taliban. Funded and organized by a United States Rotary club, the center has enrolled 200 children, ages 4-15, and classes for adult women are planned. In Jalalabad, the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle, San Diego, Calif. USA, has
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supported numerous educational initiatives for girls and young women, from elementary school through the university level for over a decade. STARTING A NEW LITERACY PROJECT Determining your community's needs and resources is an important starting point for any service project. Work with local stakeholders to complete a thorough needs assessment. By including the community from the start, you will not only identify the most appropriate project but also ensure support and sustainability for your endeavors. Find ideas for carrying out community needs assessments in the Rotary publication Community Assessment Tools. Consider simple, short-term goals for your first literacy project. Once you've achieved these goals, build on your success by expanding the scope of your efforts to ensure long-term sustainability. Below is an example of a project implemented in phases: Phase one: The project team contacts administrators of a local school to discuss the issues affecting literacy rates. The team discovers that the school has limited educational resources and low student attendance rates, particularly for girls. As an initial measure, the team raises funds so that the school can purchase educational materials. Phase two: To address the low student attendance rate, the team meets with school administrators and local residents. They learn that the community's unsanitary water is making students too sick to attend school. The girls' attendance rate is particularly low because they are often responsible for traveling long distances to get clean water for their families. Phase three: The team researches options for providing clean water. It considers factors such as the location of the community, its proximity to a water source, and local resources and technology. It also consults with community members, who offer the best insight into what is needed. Phase four: After identifying a strategy, the project team raises funds to improve the community's water and sanitation facilities. Greater access to clean water improves the health of students and raises school attendance rates. PROJECT IDEAS To help you find a literacy project that is right for your club, your council, and your community, here are some examples of successful Rotary club and IRA literacy projects. The projects have been divided among several broad categories: Improve access to books and learning materials; Book donations, Dictionary donation, Library support, Support schools and teachers, Adopt a school, Teacher training Enhance classroom learning, Early childhood literacy, Adult literacy, Student mentoring, Concentrated language encounter (CLE), Promote community development, Improve community health, Address special needs. Most projects are a mix of several categories, which gives clubs and council members the opportunity to match their skills and interests to the job while addressing the multifaceted needs of the community. Key literacy observances
Increase awareness of literacy issues in your community by planning your projects and activities around internationally recognized observances, such as International Literacy Day, 8 September, World Teachers' Day, 5 October, Rotary's Literacy Month, March. FUTURE VISION PILOT As already recounted earlier in one of the edition of the Chilka about the future vision project that the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation have identified six areas of focus for the new grant model in the future vision pilot, these areas reflect critical humanitarian issues and needs that Rotarians are addressing worldwide. They will align Rotary with other international development efforts and will strategically further the Foundation's mission . Basic education and literacy is one of the key areas of focus under which the Foundation enables Rotarians to ensure that all people have sustainable access to basic education and literacy by: Involving the community to support programs that strengthen the capacity of communities to provide basic education and literacy to all. Increasing adult literacy in communities Working to reduce gender disparity in education. Supporting studies for career-minded professionals related to basic education and literacy. Meeting the mission of providing better education and literacy will lead to better Economic and community development under which the Foundation enables Rotarians to invest in people by creating sustainable, measurable, and long -term economic improvements in their communities and livelihoods by: Building the capacity of entrepreneurs, community leaders, local organizations, and community networks to support economic development in impoverished communities. Developing opportunities for productive work. Reducing poverty in underserved communities supporting studies for career-minded professionals related to economic and community development. STATEMENTS OF PURPOSE AND GOALS Each of the six areas of focus begins with a statement of purpose, followed by a list of specific goals. The Rotary Foundation will use the goals to establish: Projects and activities for packaged global grants; possible strategic partners for packaged global grants; Evaluation criteria for club- and district-developed global grants; A system for measuring outcome for all global grants. LITERACY IN INDIA Literacy in India is key for socio-economic progress, and the Indian literacy rate grew to 74.04% in 2011 from 12% at the end of British rule in 1947. Although this was a greater than sixfold improvement, the level is well below the world average literacy rate of 84%, and of all nations, India currently has the largest illiterate population. Despite government programs, India's literacy rate increased only "sluggishly," and a 1990 study estimated that it would take until 2060 for India to achieve universal literacy at thencurrent rate of progress. The 2011 census, however, indicated a 2001-2011 decadal
literacy growth of 9.2%, which is the slower than the growth seen during the previous decade. There is a wide gender disparity in the literacy rate in India: effective literacy rates (age 7 and above) in 2011 were 82.14% for men and 65.46% for women. The low female literacy rate has had a dramatically negative impact on family planning and population stabilization efforts in India. Studies have indicated that female literacy is a strong predictor of the use of contraception among married Indian couples, even when women do not otherwise have economic independence. The census provided a positive indication that growth in female literacy rates (11.8%) was substantially faster than in male literacy rates (6.9%) in the 2001-2011 decadal period, which means the gender gap appears to be narrowing. Literacy is a fundamental human right and the foundation for lifelong learning.
SPECIAL THANKS All the members through Chilka extend their heartful best wishes to son & daughter-in -law of Rtn.B.V.Kumar and appreciate his family’s donation of Rs.2001/- for Community Service Project.
POLIO RALLY Our Club organised a “END POLIO NOW” rally on 24th Feb’13 at Khallikote College ground at 7.30 AM.
HIGHLIGHTS OF BOARD MEETING HELD ON 27TH FEB’13 1. As per the information shared by PP Rtn.KK Mishra,Project Chairman – Rotary Swargdham,The Mayor of Berhampur Municipality Mr.Shiv Shankar Das has committed infront of corporators and media to donate Rs.24,00,000/-(Rupees Twenty Four Lakhs) to Rotary Swargdham. 2. World Rotaract week shall be celebrated from 13th Mar’13 & a Joint meeting on 15th Mar’13. 3. Active participation of Rotarians is sought in the Blood donation camp to be organized on 5th Mar’13 (Tuesday) by Rtn.Er.RP Patnaik to be held at Sankaleswar Temple,Unkuli. 4. Past Presidents meet shall be held on 13/3/13. For Rotary Swargdham - A fund raising initiative “One Brick-One Thousand”was resolved where by within the next 100 days which ever Rotarian sells the maximum bricks to friends ,relatives,corporates ,well wishers and other groups shall be rewarded by the President.
PULSE POLIO - A Report On 24th of Feb our club has successfuly provided required assistance to the Polio Booth officials in the 11 adopted booths. Polio Booths were organised on 20th of Jan and 24th of Feb for this year. On both the days our club has provided volunteers and food to the adopted booths. Speacial thanks to Community Services Chairman Rtn. B.V.Kumar for his generous donation and hardwork to make this service a successful one.
MEMBERS IN LIMELIGHT PP Rtn. VVRN Rao & President Rtn. E.Siva Prasad Rao attended Multi District Seminar on “PEACE” at Kakinada on 23rd Feb’13. CORRIGENDUM: In the last issue of The Chilka in the “PETS AND SETS REPORT” - Mangaraj was been wrongly spelled as Mardaraj and DGN A. B. Mohapatro as A. B. Mishra. We regret the error.
CRICKET MATCH - A REPORT Our Club has organised the Annual Cricket Match on 24th of Feb at Berhampur Stadium. The match was inaugurated by PDG Rtn. Subhash Sahu & was organised by Rtn. Manoj Kumar Das & Rtn. Mihir Ranjan Panigrahi. President XI team won the match over Secretary XI team. Over 40 members participated in the event.PP Rtn.
BUDGET 2013 - HIGHLIGHTS 1. Tax credit of Rs. 2,000 for income upto Rs. 5 lakh 2. Surcharge of 10 per cent for taxable incomes above Rs. 1 crore, No review of tax slabs 3. Commodities transaction tax levied on non-agriculture commodities futures contracts at 0.01 per cent 4. Direct Taxes Code (DTC) bill to be introduced in current Parliament session 5. Duty-free limits raised to Rs 50000 for men and Rs 1 lakh for women 6. Service tax on all A/C restaurants 7. Tax Deducted at Source to be fixed at 1% on land deals over Rs 50 lakh 8. 5 to 10 per cent surcharge on domestic companies whose taxable income exceeds Rs 10 crore 9. First home loan from a bank or housing finance corporation upto Rs. 25 lakh entitled to additional deduction of interest upto Rs. 1 lakh. 10. India's first women's bank as a PSU proposed, Rs. 1,000 crore working capital announced 11. A surcharge of 10 pe rcent on persons (other than companies) whose taxable income exceeds Rs.1 crore have been levied.
PUZZLE CORNER Answer for Last weekâ€™s Puzzle is CHICAGO. Correct answers were sent by: Rtn. V.Ajit Kumar Raju, PP Rtn. V.V.R.N Rao PP Rtn. Dr. S.Manmadha Rao , Rtn. Sanat Patro
HEARTY WISHES The President and members through Chilka present their warm wishes and wishes many more happy returns of the day to the Birthday Rotarian of the last week : Rtn. K. Pundarikaksha - 1st March The President and members through Chilka present their wishes to the following Rotarians who celebrated their Wedding anniversary in the last week : Rtn. C. Ravindranath - 23rd Feb Rtn. Rajendra Padhi - 24th Feb Rtn. P Parthasarathi - 24th Feb Rtn. B. Sagar Kumar Subudhi - 25th Feb PP Rtn. Ranjit Kumar Panda - 25th Feb Rtn. C.V.K Sudhakar - 26th Feb Rtn. A.Ramlal - 28th Feb
Minutes of the 34th meeting held on 22nd Feb'13
Sunday),and said ,our club is allotted 11 booths as it was in first phase on 20th Jan'13. * President appealed to all to attend Rotary South Asia summit in Hyderabad from 3rd to 5th may'13 at International convention centre,the 'early bird' benefit for registration is extended till 28th feb'13. 9. General announcements * Rtn.Er.RP Patnaik announced the forthcoming conduct of blood donation camp on 5th Mar'13 at Sakaleswar Mandir,Unculi * PP Rtn.V.Santosh Kumar announced the conduct of blood donation camp on 20th feb'13 at his residence in commemoration of his father's death anniversary,whereby 32 bottles were collected. 10. Committee Announcements ; * PP Rtn.VVRN Rao ,Chairman ,PETS & SETS organizing committee recognized & felicitated all the committee chairmen and Rotarians who contributed to the successful conduct of the district event,he specially thanked all the sponsors who whole heartedly contributed to the event,special thanks was extended to Rtn.Parthasarthy and his family for providing the venue. * PP Rtn KK Mishra,SCC Swargdham announced the receipt of Rs.50,000/- as donation from 'Gupt donor' and Rs.15,000/- from PP Rtn.PK Acharya. 11. Hony Secretary's Announcements : * Appealed to all members to take part in the Annual Cricket match on 24th feb'13 (Sunday) from 7.30 am at Khallikote college stadium. 12. President appealed to Rtn.J.Mohan Rao and past presidents present to cut the cake and celebrate 108th Rotary anniversary. 13. President called for commencement of talks by Past Presidents Dr.DJJ Swamy,Dr.Subhadra Mangu & VVRN Rao on 'Object of Rotary' 14. Speakers with their immense knowledge about rotary talked about -To encourage & foster the ideal of service as worthy enterprise in all four dimensionsAcquaintance, Serving the community, Personal life & in Advancement of International Understanding, interesting anecdotes and experiences by speakers was appreciated by all. 15. President thanked PP Rtn.Dr.J.Bharatudu for hosting the fellowship snacks. 16. The attendance analysis of the meeting was read by Rtn.Srinivas Prusty as follows ; Total members :135 Effective Members :135 Members Present :60 % of Attendance :44% 17. President adjourned the meeting.
Proceedings of the 34th regular meeting of Rotary Club of Berhampur for the RY 2012-13 held on 22nd Feb'13 at 7.00pm at Rotary Centennial hall, Berhampur ; 1. President called the meeting to order. 2. President welcomed all present to 34th regular meeting of RY 12-13 & to 108th Rotary Anniversary. 3. President welcomed Rtn.J.MohanRao, who has been a member of our club since 7th Dec'71 on to the dais to undertake the 108th Rotary Anniversary Celebrations. 4. President appealed to all to invoke the national anthem 5. Minutes of the 33rd meeting held on 15th Feb'13 were confirmed . 6. Rtn.Gopiram Agrawal felicitated members who celebrated their birthdays & wedding anniversaries during the week. 7. PP Rtn.E.Chandramohan Rao,Chairman Rotary Information, imparted Rotary information. 8. Presidents announcements : * President appealed to members to participate in the Multi district seminar on 'PEACE' at Kakinada on 23rd feb'13(Saturday),organized by RID 3020 Visakhapatnam & RID 3150 Hyderabad , RID 3260 is also a co host. Rtn. R. Murali Krishna Rtn. E. Siva Prasad Rao * President appealed to members to participate in Pulse Hony. Secretary President Polio National Immunisation day on 24th feb'13 ( Published by Rtn. R. Murali krishna, Hony. Secy. Rotary Club of Berhampur, Edited by Rtn. PP Ranjit Panda Printed by Ravi Graphics.
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