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When you educate a girl, everything changes.

Girls' Education

A smart investment

Educating girls is the most powerful and effective way to address global poverty. Room to Read supports girls so that they not only graduate, but also develop the skills they need to negotiate key life decisions.

Finishing secondary school leads to smaller, healthier families, lower HIV infection rates, and higher wages. Educated women are more likely to educate their own children – ending the cycle of illiteracy in one generation.

Long-term, holistic approach

The barriers to education facing girls in the developing world go far beyond simple economics—cultural bias, tradition and safety concerns often stand in the way. We ensure each girl gets the material and emotional support she needs to succeed in school and beyond through an enhanced approach that includes academic support, mentoring and life skills training.

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Educated women are healthier.

An extra year of girls’ education can reduce infant mortality by 5–10% and can reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and other preventable disease.

Educated women earn more.

Providing a girl with one extra year of education beyond the average boosts her future wages by 20%.

Significant inequalities still exist

Of the 793 million illiterate people in the world, two-thirds are female.


With an astounding retention rate (girls graduating or staying in our program) and more than 2/3 of our graduates going on to university, college or tertiary education, we are confident that we are making a difference for the thousands of girls on our programs. You can learn more about our results in the latest Global Monitoring Report.

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“I always think of the day I will graduate and enter university. I want to have a job so that I can earn a good life for me and the people I love.”
-Thu, Girls' Education Particpant, Tra Vinh, Vietnam
Charity Navigator Four Start Rating

Less than 1% of US nonprofits have received nine consecutive Charity Navigator four star ratings. Our transparency and accountability place us among the best charities. See for yourself.

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Documentary filmmakers travel to Room to Read projects across Asia and Africa to tell the stories of children who are benefitting from our programs.

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You can change the world

Send a girl to school, start a library, or build new classrooms. We can help you run your own fundraising campaign with your friends and family, complete with your own microsite to collect gifts and track your progress.

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Have questions?

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+1 (415) 839-4400
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