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.
Room to Read, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development India, is implementing the “Scaling Early Reading Intervention” project since September 2015 in the four Indian states of Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. The objective of the project is to demonstrate (1) an effective model towards improving reading outcomes among primary grade children, and (2) an innovative approach for scaling NGO-led interventions through the government system.
This project is being scaled based on a scaffolded approach of ‘I do – We do – You do’, which involves:
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.