60 Million Children are not in school due to hunger/poverty

Most realize that education is key to a better future for the current and for future generations. However:

  • many children have no parents or their parents are unable to help them
  • many spend much of their days struggling to get food and water to survive to another day
  • many are so weak they are unable to concentrate enough in school to learn.
  • Estimates are that 56 – 60 million children are out of school due to hunger or extreme poverty

Our Goals:

Long-term the goal is to use the Read-for-a-Better World initiative to tackle many of the biggest problems in the world, especially those that have to do with education. It is our belief that there is nothing in the world currently that would have as much impact on the world as having every child have a quality education.

There are problems not usually considered part of education that have a big impact on educational results that need to be addressed as part of the education issue. These include, child hunger, lack of sanitation facilities and clean water (which cause illness among young children and leads to between a quarter and half of all girls dropping out of schools where there are no toilets available for girls in schools), gender inequality, etc.

While things like quality of school facilities, curriculum and teachers are important, they are meaningless to children who are not in school or are so nutritionally deficient that they are unable to concentrate and learn. As a result, our first goal is to ensure EVERY child is attending school and has adequate nutrition to be able to concentrate and learn.

Who we are:

The Read-for-a-Better-World read-a-thon originated with a Rotary-affiliated high school youth club in response to a challenge to “Dare to be great.”

In June, 2017 these students issued a challenge to the youth of the world to come together to show that young people could dramatically change the world in a short time. In just a few months, young people from more than 35 countries asked to join the initiative and a global movement was born: Rotary Youth for a Better World.

Rotary Youth for a Better World:

Rotary Youth for a Better World is a movement of exceptional young people around the world that share the following:

  • a burning passion to better the world in truly significant ways
  • an unshakable belief in the power of young people to dramatically change the world
  • unstoppable determination and tenacity – a never-give-up/can-do attitude.

Rotary Youth for a Better World is about learning to take on some of the world’s biggest problems. For example: the goals of Rotary Youth for a Better World’s first project are:

  1. improve reading proficiency of tens of millions of school children and youth worldwide in less than 1 year.
  2. dramatically reduce the number of children in the world that are not in school due to hunger-related reasons.

How it would work

Children and youth worldwide will be encouraged to read as many hours as possible during the month of March, 2018. For each hour read, some amount will be donated to fund the feeding of the world’s poorest children in a place of learning where not only would they get an education that would result in most of them being able to contribute better to their own futures but put them in a much better situation to care for and encourage their future children, essentially breaking the cycle of poverty for tens of millions of children in the future.

Experience shows that when food is available in schools in poor areas, the number of children attending school doubles or even triples and the percent of girls attending school rises significantly.  Read more …

Maximizing Readers

If only 5 percent of the children and youth in schools around the world participate, that could be as many as 70  million participating readers.

Educational authorities and associations are expected to join in promoting the read-a-thon in most of the countries in the world.

70 million readers?

Maximizing Hours Read

For each hour read, a donation will be made to fund projects to provide the world’s poorest children in a place of learning for an entire year.

If the average reader reads just 20 hours during the month of March, this would mean more than 1 Billion hours read!

1 Billion hours read?

Maximizing Funds Raised

At 1 Billion hours read, donation pledges of just 20 cents per hour would result in some $200 million.

A combination of fundraising initiatives are anticipated to be able to raise this amount and potentially more.

Hundreds of $millions raised?

Maximizing number of Children Helped

Currently there are NGOs that are providing food in schools for the poorest children in the world at less than $20 per child per year. That means that $200 million in donations could move as many as 10 million children from garbage dumps, begging and child labor into school.

10 Million more children in school?

Featured News:

Rotary Youth speak at "Future We Want" Closing Ceremony at UN

Three members of Rotary Youth for a Better World (a worldwide movement of Rotaractors and Interactors – youth organizations of Rotary International) speak to delegates from some 60 countries at the closing ceremony of the Future We Want Model UN Conference at United  Nations Headquarters in New York.

Also speaking was Jeffrey Brez, Chief, NGO Relations, Advocacy & Special Events, , United Nations Department of Public Information.

Rotaract is a branch of Rotary for young people between the ages of 19 and 30 who share the ideal of “Service Above Self”. There are more than 290,000 Rotaractors in close to 10,000 local clubs in almost 180 countries in the world.

Interact is a branch of Rotary for young people between the ages of 12 and 18 who share the same ideal of “Service Above Self”. There are more than 470,000 Interactors in more than 20,000 local clubs in almost 160 countries in the world.

Rotary Youth for a Better World is a worldwide movement of Rotaractors and Interactors preparing themselves to become future world leaders by learning to take on the world’s biggest problems and become master global problem solvers.

Rotary Youth Member speaks at UN Event on Impact of Rapid Urbanization in Developing Countries on Achievement of the SDGs

July 17, 2018, New York, Ryan Shah, a member of Rotary Youth for a Better World was invited to speak at the  UN High Level Political Forum Side Event on the Impact of Rapid Urbanization in Developing Countries  on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Shortness of time limited Ryan’s ability to say what he had planned, so the attached Video is what Ryan intended to say.

 

Sudeshna Vemula discusses Interact and Leadership

Sudheshna Vemula, a founding member Rotary Youth for a Better World (a worldwide movement of Rotaractors and Interactors) describes the current state of many Interact Clubs and the plans for Rotary Youth for a Better World to redirect the focus of Rotary back to its original mission of developing youth leadership skills.

She also talks about Rotary Youth for a Better World’s intention to build a worldwide army of global problems-solvers and strategic leaders who have the skills and confidence to take on the world’s greatest problems.

Rotary and Interact featured on TV Show Broadcast into Major US Media Markets

Ariana Novo and Sudheshna Vemula of the Interact Club of Middlesex Country Academy, a high school in in Edison, New Jersey are guests of Lisa Willever on “Brain Storm”, a 30 minute TV show “Bringing Great Minds and Ideas Together” that airs in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Dallas-Ft. Worth markets.

Interact is a youth division of Rotary International and is one of the largest network of Youth Service Clubs in the world with some 470,000 members in more than 20,000 clubs in some 160 countries.

Ariana and Sudheshna describe how Interact is intended to help develop leadership skills with an appreciation for the ideal of “Service Above Self.” But they also describe how Interact in some schools has devolved into a place where students are able to register to meet their school’s requirement to complete a certain number of community service hours or to have something to put on their college applications. The idea of leadership skills development is greatly diminished.

Global Read-a-thon dedicated to 50th Anniversary of Rotaract

Rotary Youth for a Better World (a worldwide movement of Rotaractors and Interactors has decided to dedicate the Read-for-a-Better-World global read-a-thon to the 50th anniversary of Rotaract. Both the Read-for-a-Better-World read-a-thon and the 50th Anniversary Rotaract will both be in March, 2018.

Rotaract is a branch of Rotary tor young people between the ages of 19 and 30 who share the ideal of “Service Above Self”. There are more than 290,000 Rotaractors in close to 10,000 local clubs in almost 180 countries in the world.

Rotary Youth for a Better World is a worldwide movement of Rotaractors and Interactors preparing themselves to become future world leaders by learning to take on the world’s biggest problems and become master global problem solvers.

Rotary is a global service organization with 1.2 million members in 35,000 clubs in almost every country in the world. Rotary has been described as an organization that provides people with opportunities to do more with their lives than they ever dreamed possible. Rotary is perhaps best knows for its campaign to eradicate polio, one of the world’s worst diseases. When they started, polio was endemic in more than half the countries of the world and there were 350,000 new cases a year. There will likely be fewer than 15 new cases of polio worldwide in 2017.

Rotary Youth and UN Youth Envoy discuss ways to maximize youth engagement in addressing world problems

Ariana Novo and Sudheshna Vemula of the Interact Club that started the Rotary Youth for a Better World Movement and Zineb Touzani and Jason Gonzalez, Rotary Youth Representatives to the UN in NY, met with Jayathma Wickramanayake, the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, to discuss youth initiatives to take on the world’s biggest problems such as the UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).

Since her appointment by Secretary-General António Guterres, Youth Envoy Jayathma
Wickramanayake has championed the ideal that young people should not be seen
only as victims or beneficiaries of UN programs but rather as agents of change
that can contribute significantly to the solution of many major problems facing
the world.

Featured News:

Rotary Youth speak at "Future We Want" Closing Ceremony at UN

Three members of Rotary Youth for a Better World (a worldwide movement of Rotaractors and Interactors – youth organizations of Rotary International) speak to delegates from some 60 countries at the closing ceremony of the Future We Want Model UN Conference at United  Nations Headquarters in New York.

Also speaking was Jeffrey Brez, Chief, NGO Relations, Advocacy & Special Events, , United Nations Department of Public Information.

Rotaract is a branch of Rotary for young people between the ages of 19 and 30 who share the ideal of “Service Above Self”. There are more than 290,000 Rotaractors in close to 10,000 local clubs in almost 180 countries in the world.

Interact is a branch of Rotary for young people between the ages of 12 and 18 who share the same ideal of “Service Above Self”. There are more than 470,000 Interactors in more than 20,000 local clubs in almost 160 countries in the world.

Rotary Youth for a Better World is a worldwide movement of Rotaractors and Interactors preparing themselves to become future world leaders by learning to take on the world’s biggest problems and become master global problem solvers.

Rotary Youth Member speaks at UN Event on Impact of Rapid Urbanization in Developing Countries on Achievement of the SDGs

July 17, 2018, New York, Ryan Shah, a member of Rotary Youth for a Better World was invited to speak at the  UN High Level Political Forum Side Event on the Impact of Rapid Urbanization in Developing Countries  on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Shortness of time limited Ryan’s ability to say what he had planned, so the attached Video is what Ryan intended to say.

 

Sudeshna Vemula discusses Interact and Leadership

Sudheshna Vemula, a founding member Rotary Youth for a Better World (a worldwide movement of Rotaractors and Interactors) describes the current state of many Interact Clubs and the plans for Rotary Youth for a Better World to redirect the focus of Rotary back to its original mission of developing youth leadership skills.

She also talks about Rotary Youth for a Better World’s intention to build a worldwide army of global problems-solvers and strategic leaders who have the skills and confidence to take on the world’s greatest problems.

Rotary and Interact featured on TV Show Broadcast into Major US Media Markets

Ariana Novo and Sudheshna Vemula of the Interact Club of Middlesex Country Academy, a high school in in Edison, New Jersey are guests of Lisa Willever on “Brain Storm”, a 30 minute TV show “Bringing Great Minds and Ideas Together” that airs in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Dallas-Ft. Worth markets.

Interact is a youth division of Rotary International and is one of the largest network of Youth Service Clubs in the world with some 470,000 members in more than 20,000 clubs in some 160 countries.

Ariana and Sudheshna describe how Interact is intended to help develop leadership skills with an appreciation for the ideal of “Service Above Self.” But they also describe how Interact in some schools has devolved into a place where students are able to register to meet their school’s requirement to complete a certain number of community service hours or to have something to put on their college applications. The idea of leadership skills development is greatly diminished.

Global Read-a-thon dedicated to 50th Anniversary of Rotaract

Rotary Youth for a Better World (a worldwide movement of Rotaractors and Interactors has decided to dedicate the Read-for-a-Better-World global read-a-thon to the 50th anniversary of Rotaract. Both the Read-for-a-Better-World read-a-thon and the 50th Anniversary Rotaract will both be in March, 2018.

Rotaract is a branch of Rotary tor young people between the ages of 19 and 30 who share the ideal of “Service Above Self”. There are more than 290,000 Rotaractors in close to 10,000 local clubs in almost 180 countries in the world.

Rotary Youth for a Better World is a worldwide movement of Rotaractors and Interactors preparing themselves to become future world leaders by learning to take on the world’s biggest problems and become master global problem solvers.

Rotary is a global service organization with 1.2 million members in 35,000 clubs in almost every country in the world. Rotary has been described as an organization that provides people with opportunities to do more with their lives than they ever dreamed possible. Rotary is perhaps best knows for its campaign to eradicate polio, one of the world’s worst diseases. When they started, polio was endemic in more than half the countries of the world and there were 350,000 new cases a year. There will likely be fewer than 15 new cases of polio worldwide in 2017.

Rotary Youth and UN Youth Envoy discuss ways to maximize youth engagement in addressing world problems

Ariana Novo and Sudheshna Vemula of the Interact Club that started the Rotary Youth for a Better World Movement and Zineb Touzani and Jason Gonzalez, Rotary Youth Representatives to the UN in NY, met with Jayathma Wickramanayake, the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, to discuss youth initiatives to take on the world’s biggest problems such as the UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).

Since her appointment by Secretary-General António Guterres, Youth Envoy Jayathma
Wickramanayake has championed the ideal that young people should not be seen
only as victims or beneficiaries of UN programs but rather as agents of change
that can contribute significantly to the solution of many major problems facing
the world.

Desired Partners and Allies:

The following logos are an indication of the kind of organizations we hope will join in partnering to promote and support the read-a-thon and efforts to improve literacy and reduce the number of children not in school due to hunger or extreme poverty. In no way is this an indication that they now, or in the future, will endorse the project going forward, however we will be working to try to make that happen.

"Some see the world as it is and ask, 'Why?' Others see what 'could be' and say, 'Why not!'"

(George Bernard Shaw/Robert Kennedy)

Look for the “could be” and then make it reality.

Do more with your life than you ever dreamed possible!           Dare to change the world!           Dare to be great!