Room to Read

Room to Read believes that World Change Starts with Educated Children.® We envision a world in which all children can pursue a quality education that enables them to reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.

Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.

Room to Read’s Literacy program enables primary school children to become independent readers. Room to Read focuses its efforts on developing reading skills and the habit of reading in primary school aged children because literacy is the foundation for all future learning. We do this primarily by establishing libraries, increasing access to age-appropriate and culturally relevant reading materials (including publishing our own original children’s books), and improving the child friendliness of the school environment. In addition, Room to Read supports reading and writing instruction including creating materials and providing training for teachers.

Room to Read’s Girls’ Education program supports girls to complete secondary school with the skills necessary to negotiate key life decisions. Room to Read focuses on girls transitioning to or in secondary school because that is where the biggest –and most permanent– gaps in gender equality in education take place. We do this primarily through supporting girls to attend school, providing female mentoring and creating more girl-friendly school environments. We have recently added more emphasis on teaching life skills to girls so they will finish school and maximize their opportunities.

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