QUEEN’S ROAD: Rotary Club of Bangalore, in association with State Bank of India, is organising the Rotary Corporate Golf Tournament in the city on Friday. The tournament will be a fundraiser for upgrading infrastructure and other facilities in the projects undertaken by the organisations as part of their CSR activities.
A part of the money raised will go towards Rotary Bangalore Vidyalaya (RBV), which was started 40 years back as a small school at Nagadevanahalli, with the aim of providing quality education for the economically weaker sections of the society.
The school currently consists of 500 students in classes up to the 10th standard. The students pay subsidised fees, while RCB takes care of their uniforms, mid-day meals and the salaries of the teachers. The club, in association with two international organisations - ROADSIGN and OSSAT - has built 18 schools with classes up to seventh standard in Malur district and each school has a strength of 300 students.
Rotary International’s successful End Polio programme led to the eradication of polio from India and nearly 99 per cent from the world. This motivated the Rotarians in South Asia to start Rotary’s Total Literacy Mission. In India, the mission hopes to achieve teacher support, e-learning, adult literacy, child development and a happy learning environment in schools. This has been implemented in all of RCB’s 19 schools.
The TEACH Programme includes five projects, each with specific focus but inter-linked with the others in objective and content. It aims to achieve total literacy along with improvement in the learning outcomes of primary and elementary education and spread of adult literacy in various parts of the country.
Other major activities that RCB is working on include:
■ Million Books Bring Million Smiles: The programme aims to donate a million books to government schools and launch the chain programme, ‘Today’s reader is tomorrow’s leader.’
■ To build two more schools at Malur and five toilet blocks at girls’ schools.
■ Develop a model village around the school at Yeshwanthpur.
■ To set up library facility in 45 schools by donating 18,500 books.
■ To provide 1,000 desks at 40 Nalli-kalli (play and learn) schools.
■ To provide solar lighting for girls’ hostels in Ramanagaram district.
■ To provide e-learning systems at six schools in Malur and to set up environmental centralisation by planting 1,000 trees.
■ To provide science lab and infrastructure at RBV.