Room To Read Overview
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Target demographics: Students in need of library resources and local language reading materials; and
Girls at-risk of dropping out of secondary school
Direct beneficiaries per year: 5.1 million children in primary and secondary school
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Join a chapter or attend or an event hosted by volunteer chapters. Room to Read has over 50 volunteer chapters (made up of over 7,000 individuals) across the world. Chapters organize annual fundraising events, introduce us to potential corporate, foundation and individual supporters and are representatives for Room to Read within their area. Visit www.roomtoread.org/chapters to find a chapter near you or to learn how to start one.
Geographic areas served: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Vietnam, and Zambia
Programs: Room to Read focuses on two objectives: Literacy and Gender Equality in Education.
Our 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 multi-lingual libraries, increasing access to age-appropriate and culturally relevant reading materials (including publishing our own original local language children’s books), and improving the child friendliness of the school environment.
We’ve recently increased our support for reading instruction including creating materials and providing training for teachers.
Our 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’ve recently added more emphasis on teaching life skills to girls so they will finish school and maximize their opportunities.
Libraries established: 11,246
Books published: 553
Books distributed: 9.4 million
Girls supported: 10,590
Children benefited: 5.1 million