Right now, 780 million people on this planet can’t read. Two-thirds of them are women and girls. Room to Read provides literacy programmes for boys and girls at primary schools and supports girls to complete their secondary education and succeed in the classroom and beyond.
Since its founding in 2000, Room to Read has reached 16.8 million children in 16 low income countries around the world.
Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Programme
Whether or not a girl stays in school has an astounding effect on not simply her quality of life, but that of her future family’s.
· Educated women earn more: Providing girls with one extra year of education beyond average boosts her wages by 10-20%.
· Educated women give back to their families: Educated women are more likely to educate their children.
· Educated women are healthier: An extra year of girls’ education can reduce infant mortality by 5-10% and can reduce the spread of illness and disease
Girls need life skills. Thinking critically, empathising and relying on themselves help them meet day-to-day challenges and make informed decisions. When girls learn these skills and how to use them daily, they become better equipped to handle the challenges they may face, from gender bias to finding time to study. Room to Read also provides girls with a local mentor. Mentors serve as examples of education, strong women in the community and act as role models, advisors and advocates for the girls.
Room to Read helps girls to discover their own strength, advocate for themselves, and create a new and different path from the one that might be forced upon them.