Promoting Learning for Girls in India

India centre

A warm welcome in Bhanohar village, 2011

India learning centre

Dr. Lloyd Axworthy in Bhanohar village, 2011

There is a global spotlight on the challenges girls can face in seeking an education in India. The University of Winnipeg, in partnership with World Literacy Canada, is hosting a fundraising dinner to support its Mata Gujri Memorial Library and Learning Centre located in Bhanohar village.

Learning for Life: Promoting Literacy and Learning for Girls and Young Women in India

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Reception: 6:00 PM • Dinner: 7:00 PM

The Metropolitan Centre
281 Donald Street

Guests of Honour:

High Commissioner of India in Canada, His Excellency Admiral Nirmal Verma

Premier of Manitoba, Honorable Greg Selinger

President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg, Dr. Lloyd Axworthy


Keynote Speaker:

Monika Deol, Canadian television personality, philanthropist and former student at University of Winnipeg

The creation of the Mata Gujri Memorial Library and Learning Centre was possible because of a $70,000 donation in 2010 by Cliff Penner, president and owner of Winnipeg-based Ventura Custom Homes to The University of Winnipeg. Penner has made an additional contribution of $50,000 to the centre’s operations and programming.

UWinnipeg has now partnered with World Literacy Canada to manage the facility, which offers literacy classes, skills training and personal development in areas such as health and nutrition.

Premier Greg Selinger toured the Mata Gujri Memorial Library and Learning Centre in January 2013 and provided a gift of books about Manitoba and Canada.


For more information or to become a sponsor please contact:

Individual ticket $125 per person

Jeff Kovalik- Plouffe



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Diane Poulin, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg

P: 204.988.7135, E:

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