Nominated Literacy Heroes

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Rohini Gahlaut

Name : Rohini Gahlaut

Address : P-56, Anuj Vihar Delhi Cantt New Delhi - 110010




Sex : female

Date of Birth : 29/07/1966

Mobile : 9971201909

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Educational Qualification : BSc, BEd, Post Graduate Degree in Mass Communication & Journalism

Work in field of literacy : For 6 years now, I have been working on training teachers in the use of technology. So far, I have trained over 5000 teachers from all parts of the country – from Preschool to PGT, and in all subjects including Music, Art and Craft, Counselling and Physical Education. Over the last one and half year, I have been working on taking quality education to the rural, semi-rural and semi-urban parts of India - to enhance literacy levels of the children there. Most villages in India lack basic infrastructure, such as schools, teachers, and books. Millions of children in rural areas never get to attend school; the ones who do are not much better off than those who do not!! Creating brick and mortar schools and finding teachers to teach here will require a major investment in terms of time, cost and effort.

No of Beneficiaries : 1200

Social Impact : The social impact of the work that I am doing includes: 1 Access and outreach in education 2 Equity in educational content and infrastructure 3 Increased student engagement 4 Reduced number of drop-outs 5 Reduced absenteeism 6 Improved literacy levels in the children in rural, semi-rural and semi-urban India. 7 Improved reading levels of children in rural, semi-rural and semi-urban India.

Fund Outlay : 2500000

The challenge of arranging funds is being met : Funding continues to be a big challenge. Although we are ensuring a low cost solution, the quality of content and training available on it from our various partners is very high and comes at a cost. Moreover, since this is a hardware-based solution, it requires investment in terms of component costs. A majority of our users cannot afford to pay for this solution. Besides being from rural areas, our students come from the lower strata of society – children of slum dwellers, labourers, domestic help, etc. As a result, we can predominantly depend on philanthropy, funds from the govt and corporate sector, and CSR funds to help fund this project. So far we have invested about Rs 25 lakhs in this venture. Most of this has come from our own personal funds as well as funding from friends and family.

This Award is going to impact the work in future : Rotary’s India Literacy Mission is in itself a project to reckon with. Receiving this recognition will mean an affiliation with members and partners of the Rotary India Literacy Mission, which would be a dream-come-true for someone working on enhancing literacy levels in India. I strongly believe that India cannot move forward unless crores of its underserved children are educated. We talk of a digital India, but can the uneducated masses really appreciate and share in it? This award will provide a double-barrelled impetus. Firstly, it will provide the exposure and validation needed to continue the work. It will help in interactions with some of the best people who are contributing their services in this field, and will likely lead to a collective motivation in moving forward. It would also further this mission by bringing together the best people

Blood relative a member of 'Rotary Club': No

Whether received any major State/National/International recognitions or award/s earlier : No

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