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.

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Opportunities Unevenly Distributed

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.

 

Collaborating with Government to Reach More Children
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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A Population in Need

Of all the world’s illiterate people, 36 percent live in India, and research shows this number could rise to 50 percent by 2020. Despite recent economic growth, India still lacks many basic resources needed to educate its people. India has made great strides in improving access to education in the past decade and schools are free and compulsory from ages 6 to 14. But inadequate facilities, lecture-based curricula, and gender bias have contributed to 19.8 percent of children dropping out before completing primary school. From 2009-2010, an estimated 8.15 million children were not enrolled in school, according to the Ministry of Human Resource and Development.

 

Gender, Caste and Linguistic Diversity Pose Challenges
Only 30 percent of Indians speak Hindi, and 21 other languages have official status—including English. This linguistic diversity has made developing statewide education standards difficult. Furthermore, many Indians’ access to education and other opportunities are still predetermined by their gender and social status at birth; of the nearly half of all students who drop out before secondary school, most are girls from disadvantaged castes and tribes. And as 47 percent of girls in India marrying before age 18 according to the ICRW, many girls to drop out.

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Helping More Children by Scaling Our Work

A core component of our Literacy Program in India is our reading instruction. Our students can read more than three times as many words by the end of grade 2 than peers in non-Room to Read program government schools. Impressed with this achievement, the state governments of Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh have invited us to implement our early grade program at scale in their states for five academic years. We began with a pilot partnership in 360 schools across the two states in 2015 and began scaling the model across 1,000 schools in the two states in 2016. Part of our work will enable these governments to implement literacy interventions statewide, benefiting close to 4 million children in the long run.

 

Girls’ Education in India: Building Confidence, Setting New Goals
In order to constantly improve our program, we collect data to help us understand what works. In India we recently commissioned an independent study, interviewing parents, teachers and the girls to understand how our program increases girls’ motivation to study, their desire to stay in school, and their life skills competency. Alongside these key program outcomes, interviews revealed that girls in our program gain confidence and set new, brave goals for themselves.

 

Room to Read Kicks Off Groundbreaking Evaluation
In a first for us and the global community, Room to Read is evaluating its Girls’ Education Program with a randomized controlled trial taking place in Rajasthan, India from 2016-2018. The evaluation will use innovative methods to assess the impact of our program through girls’ life skills and on their academic progression over two years. The study will provide invaluable information by assessing the impact of a particular life skills program as well as informing best practices in life skills measurement.

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Room to Read India - Program Management
Room to Read India Trust
D- 21, 2nd Floor Corporate Park
Office No. 201 E (B) 2nd Floor, Sector-21
Dwarka, New Delhi
110075 Delhi, India

Phone: +91-11-30491900

Room to Read India - Development/Fundraising
Room to Read India Trust
c/o Reliance Capital Ltd.
Kamala Mills Compound,
Trade World B Wing, 7th Floor,
Lower Parel West,
Mumbai, 400 013 India

John Sankey
India Lead, Corporations and Foundations

Phone: +91-022-24965009

Email:India@roomtoread.org

Recognition for Room to Read

India's Great Place to Work Award (2016, 2015)

Room to Read India placed in the Top 10

Times of India Social Impact Award (2013)

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An Inspiration to Many

Inspired by Shabnam's courage, hundreds of girls are going to school.

Room to Read is a leading nonprofit for children's literacy & girls' education programs at work in India. Learn more, donate, or get involved.
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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.

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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.

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Of the 2014 Girls' Education Program graduates in India, 84% enrolled in tertiary education the next year.

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Of the 2014 Girls' Education Program graduates in India, 84% enrolled in tertiary education the next year.

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