Over 300 million people in India are illiterate — one of the largest populations in the world — and among the more than 130 million children in primary schools, over half are not able to read and write at their grade levels. Yet, a literate, and in today’s times, a digitally literate population, is key to India's development and economic empowerment.
Is it really impossible to realize this dream? To have an India where every child reads and writes at their grade level and every individual is literate?
Room to Read India's Literacy Program is the country's only children’s education program that develops both literacy skills and reading habits. Our Girls’ Education Program supports girls to finish secondary school and works with government stakeholders to advocate for girls' education.
Home to over one billion people, India is a diverse and complex country with a rich history. Despite improvements in recent years, access to quality education remains poor in India, and educational opportunities are unevenly distributed.
Room to Read India launched in 2003 and it is now our largest operating region. We partner with government schools in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Telangana.
Our partnerships with local organizations and governments help us amplify our impact. With the overall increase in enrollment in primary school, decline in dropout rates, and the mandatory inclusion of school libraries under the Right to Education Act, Room to Read is prepared to further our programs across India in a long-lasting and scalable way.
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Second grade students in Literacy Program schools in India read more than 3 times as fast as students in nearby control schools.
Of the 2014 Girls' Education Program graduates in India, 84% enrolled in tertiary education the next year.