The minor campaign to mark last Monday’s World Happiness Day in T&T revealed, quite inadvertently, the fundamental defects that retard progress in this society.
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Rotary Clubs support Alta classes
Alta/Rotary partnerships are a natural fit. The core skill of literacy has been high on Rotary International’s agenda since their adoption of a Decade for Literacy in 1990, the year designated by the UN as International Literacy Year.
Alta’s launch in 1992 created a convergence of interest that has continued to this day.
Rotary’s purpose is to bring business and professional leaders together with the aim of providing humanitarian services and encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations to advance goodwill and peace around the world. The Rotarian’s primary motto is Service Above Self.
Rotary Clubs in Trinidad have put action behind their stated purpose, donating time and treasure to this mutual cause. Throughout the course of Alta’s existence, Rotary Clubs across Trinidad have welcomed Alta’s representatives to talk to members at club meetings. This has engendered a greater understanding of the issues surrounding literacy and a debunking of the myth that reading is easy.
Rotary Clubs have contributed to Alta in a number of ways. Within the last decade, this includes funding to publish student workbooks and materials from the Port-of-Spain Rotary Club, as well as the Club in Port-of-Spain Central. For two years (2006–2007), the St Augustine Rotary Club provided funding for a teen literacy project at St Augustine Senior Comprehensive.
Most recently in late 2015, the Rotary Club of Maracas, St Joseph, paid a visit and made a class sponsorship donation to the Curepe Holy Saviour Church venue. Other clubs who have supported neighbouring Alta classes are the Rotary Clubs of Port-of-Spain West, Maraval, Chaguanas, Princes Town and Penal.
• Contact Alta at 624-2582 for more information on how to make this happen for your Rotary Club.