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Norwalk Rotary Receives Grant for Sierra Leone Project

A team left for Africa on Jan. 14 to pioneer a program in literacy education, child health and welfare programs. A team from Africa will visit Norwalk in the spring to continue the sharing of experiences and ideas.

Members of the Rotary team visiting Sierra Leone: John Hendrickson, Florence Falkowski, Christopher Cooke, Joan Paris, Anne Farrell, Rick Bassett, Cynthia Barnett
Members of the Rotary team visiting Sierra Leone: John Hendrickson, Florence Falkowski, Christopher Cooke, Joan Paris, Anne Farrell, Rick Bassett, Cynthia Barnett
The Norwalk Rotary Club is thrilled to announce that they have received a Rotary Foundation Global Grant for an educational project in Sierra Leone. They will be sending a vocational training team to Freetown in the initiation of an exchange program.

This team will be training Early Childhood Development Educators. They will be organizing a citywide forum on Developmentally Appropriate Practices and culturally relevant best practices. They will be working with the Ministry of Education and Nursery Schools Association, the Baana Nursery and Preparatory School, the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology Council, 
and the Sierra Leone Teachers’ Union.

They will discuss how to increase parental involvement, increase communication between government, public and private schools and leadership training for the managements of ECD programs. Completion of these activities will result in preparing children for school and life, ultimately leading to improved economic and social situations. 

The team left for a two weeks visit to Sierra Leone in the West African coast of Africa on January 14, 2014. They will be pioneers in developing a program to engage other teachers and parents in literacy education, child health and welfare programs.

A team originating from Freetown will visit Norwalk from April 25-May 17, 2014. This will enable a continuation of long distance learning and sharing of experiences, practices and ideas.

In order to guarantee sustainability of the program, it is hoped that an online distance training, classes, workshops and seminars will be established at the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology. This will enable teachers all over the country to take Diploma certificate programs in Early Childhood Education.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community's business and professional men and women.

The world's Rotary clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.

Rotary membership provides the opportunity to become connected to your community; work with others in addressing community needs; interact with other professionals in your community; assist with RI's international humanitarian service efforts; establish contacts with an international network of professionals; develop leadership skills; involve family in promoting service efforts.

To learn more about the Norwalk Rotary Club, please join them for lunch at the Norwalk Inn, 99 East Avenue on Wednesdays at 12:15pm every Wednesday.

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