As all Rotary clubs do, Rotary eClub of Pune will be doing various projects and activities within District 3131 as well as a few service projects beyond borders. The eClub will also support Rotary Foundation and enjoy fellowship among members. As the club is new we would be doing projects along with our sponsor club - Rotary club of Pune Sports city as well as work on district thrust areas of Adult literacy. Our members have also come up with various ideas of a few online projects which would compliment various projects done within 3131 district.
The Rotary eClub of Pune inaugurated their maiden project, Project Paalvi, on Dec 18, 2013 as part of Rotary’s Adult Literacy Program (ALP). “Paalvi”, which stands for “new leaf growth” in Marathi, signifies the new learning that happens as part of adult education. Two villages were selected in the Mulshi area of Pune district (Khubavli and Bhadas) by the ALP team in co-ordination with Akshara, an initiative of the Mahindra United World College of India (MUWCI), which works towards providing educational support and opportunity to youth in rural Maharashtra.
The ALP is a 60-hour program that teaches adults the basics skills of reading, writing and numerical calculations. The target audience is rural adults who in most cases are illiterate or have achieved very basic levels of education. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has developed an e-learning program specifically for these adults, and TCS also provides certificates to those who pass the program. Regular attendance is tracked and an evaluation is done by TCS at the end of the program.
The first batch of beneficiaries for this project are villagers from the Khubavli village who hold regular gardening and maintenance jobs at the MUWCI campus in Mulshi. These workers are all women who are taking time off of their lunch breaks and regular work hours (with full support from the college head) to undergo this training program. They are very excited to be part of this training. This batch of beneficiaries will undergo the training on the MUWCI campus.
The second batch of beneficiaries are villagers from the Bhadas village, which is a couple of villages away from Khubavli. These are again women folk who mainly work in the fields, and will be attending the training after work, juggling family duties. Some of these ladies will be walking almost an hour one-way to attend the training which will be organized in the village school or temple, as deemed convenient for the majority. The long distances are not deterring these extremely determined women to complete the course.
The two projects were inaugurated by ReCP President Rtn Dimakh Sahasrabuddhe in the presence of ALP co-director Rtn Aparna Saraf (RC Pune Central) and Rtn Shamla Joshi (RC Pune Laxmi Road). The occasion was graced by the Head of College for MUWCI, Mr Pelham Roberts. Also present were ReCP Secy Rtn Sujeet Sanzgiri and members of the Akshara team.