Our Roadmap for the Future
We have accomplished so much in the past ten years thanks to the hard work and dedication of our global staff and investors, and now with a new strategic vision, we have charted a way to sustain our strong momentum, and extend our achievements and impact with greater clarity. We invite you to download Envisioning Our Future to read more about our strategic roadmap.
Room to Read Adds Two New Board Members and One Executive Team Position
It’s a new year with new changes! Room to Read is thrilled to welcome Barclays Capital President Jerry del Missier and Harvard Education Professor Fernando Reimers to our board of directors. Last but not least, we’re excited to report that Dr. Cory Heyman will be joining our management team as strategic advisor.
For those that do not know these gentlemen’s’ distinguished backgrounds, read on to learn more about their many accomplishments:
Jerry del Missier is President of Barclays Capital and Co-Chief Executive of Corporate and Investment Banking and a member of the Barclays Group Executive Committee. Del Missier is Barclays Capital President and Co-Chief Executive of Corporate and Investment Banking. Jerry joins the Room to Read’s board of directors after serving as a founding member of our U.K. advisory board and with a distinguished background in international finance. Most recently, Jerry was appointed to the Barclays Group Executive Committee at Barclays Capital, where he is responsible for the firm’s global markets businesses, encompassing the trading, sales and research functions globally. Before joining Barclays Capital in 1997, Jerry was the senior managing director of derivatives products for Bankers Trust in London.
Fernando Reimers is Ford Foundation Professor of International Education and Director of International Education Policy at Harvard University. Like Jerry, Fernando also is joining the Room to Read board after having previously served on its advisory board. Prior to joining the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Fernando was a senior education specialist at the World Bank. He has extensive experience in the area of international development assistance with the United States Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the Inter American Development Bank and other development organizations. Fernando is best known for his theory of 'Informed Dialogue', an approach to bridge scientific research and education policy through the mapping and mobilization of social networks.
Dr. Cory Heyman is joining the executive team of Room to Read as strategic advisor supporting the organization’s Girls’ Education program and monitoring and evaluation units. Cory has acted as a close advisor to Room to Read since 2004 when he assisted in developing the organization’s first monitoring and evaluation study. He has also been an active member of its advisory board since 2008. Cory will be starting full time with Room to Read in March and bringing along his extensive experience in international development and education, having recently served as the vice president and deputy director of the Academy for Educational Development’s Center for Gender Equity. Cory has worked at the nexus of public, private, and non-profit sectors for nearly two decades and brings with him great experience in managing large-scale educational projects in the United States, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
This is only the start to what we have in store for Room to Read in 2010.
To read the press release about this announcement, click here.
Room to Read's Board of Directors also includes Hilary Valentine (Chair), Christopher Beer, Craig Bruya, Scott Kapnick, Kim Anstatt Morton, Dambisa Moyo, John Ridding, Muneer A. Satter and John Wood.
Local Language Publishing Program in Nepal Awarded for Contribution to Children’s Literature
During an award ceremony this coming March, the Nepal Society for Children’s Literature will recognize two of Room to Read Nepal’s local language publishing titles as the 2009 Best Children’s Book and Best Illustration. This marks the second country to honor Room to Read’s Local Language Publishing (LLP) program. In 2008, the Laos Ministry of Information and Culture selected two of Room to Read’s LLP books as winners of the 2009 Laos Book Excellence Award – making it the second consecutive year that the Laos program received the distinction.
The Nepal LLP title, Ping Khelda (While Swinging), won Best Children's Book in the category of literature for children aged 4 to 8. Written in short, simple verses, Ping Khelda is about a girl who fell from a swing and how her family members took care of her and the girl's resolve to get back on the swing and play again, more carefully this time.
Luxmaniya and Bachedi is a storybook set in the southern border town of Birjung, Nepal, about the hardship and friendship between two horses that pull carriages in town. Rendered in vibrant colored pencil, and rich in details about the local culture, the book won in the category of Best Illustration.
We're so excited about this news and we’re taking it as a clear indication that Room to Read’s Local Language Publishing program is setting high standards in children's literature in terms of the quality of the books that we continue to produce!
>> Learn more about our Local Language Publishing program.
Chapters are comprised of individuals who have made a long-term volunteer commitment to promoting Room to Read within their communities, and we depend on their network to achieve our goals. Learn more about our chapter network here. Join us for events scheduled in:
February 19 – Sydney
February 27 –- Aspen
February 28 – London
March 4 – Edmonton
March 8 – San Francisco
>> Click here for more details about upcoming local events.
Help us give children in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka the opportunity to gain the literacy skills necessary to become independent readers. Room to Read continually looks for ways to sponsor new and innovative initiatives that we can test locally, then scale globally. Our pilot projects allow us to save time and money before fully implementing a new program. Support our pilot programs today!