A lawyer with a passion for literacy has won a scholarship towards study costs as she learns how to help others read and write.
Dharshini Ramanathan is the first recipient of the 2019 inaugural Literacy Aotearoa Blenheim Pat Robbins Zonta Scholarship.
The $500 scholarship is awarded to a female Maori, Pasifika or Youth trainee tutor in Blenheim to assist with their adult literacy tutor training studies.
Dharshini, who is a lawyer with a Masters of Law degree, works for Community Law Marlborough. During her own time, she is studying towards a New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching at level 4.
“I think everyone should be able to read, write and do maths. I want to help people learn how to get there,” she says.
The Pat Robbins Zonta Scholarship is awarded in memory of Zonta Club Marlborough foundation member, Pat Robbins who died in 2002.
She was a pivotal figure in pushing for adult literacy classes in Marlborough and spent 40 years helping others achieve their goals.
Zonta aims to raise the status of women throughout the world and educationally, economically and politically enable them to achieve their goals.