Our Charity: Room to Read
Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world. To achieve this goal, we focus on two areas where we believe we can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education. We work in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.
793 MILLION PEOPLE
in the world are illiterate – about 17% of theworld’s adults – with the majority living in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Of the illiterate, nearly 2/3 are women.
67 MILLION PRIMARY-SCHOOL CHILDREN
are out of school and over 70% of them live in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
1.9 MILLION TEACHERS
are still needed to achieve universal primary education by 2015, more than half of them in sub-Saharan Africa.
WAGES CAN INCREASE BY 10-20%
when a girl is educated for one extra year beyond the average.
Room to Read Results
MORE THAN 6 MILLION CHILDREN
have been provided better access to education through Room to Read since 2000.
1,592 SCHOOLS & 13,170 LIBRARIES
have been established by Room to Read.
700+ CHILDREN’S BOOKS IN 27 LOCAL LANGUAGES
have been published, representing more than 7.2 million books. more than 10 million Children’s books have been distributed including original Room to Read titles, donated English- and local-language books.
are being supported by Room to Read’s Girls’ Education programme.