Protecting children's futures in India

Though progress has been made in India's education sector in recent years, critical gaps remain in helping children build essential literacy skills and achieve gender equality in education. High rates of illiteracy, early marriage and gender disparities in educational attainment continue to perpetuate inequalities throughout the country. Amid unprecedented learning losses resulting from the pandemic, inflation and increasing climate disasters, young children are entrenched in extraordinarily precarious conditions, with many at severe risk of never learning the foundational skills they need to lead productive lives.  

Room to Read launched in India in 2003, and currently has a presence in 10 states — Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Today Room to Read holds a trusted, collaborative relationship with the government to achieve our shared goal of ensuring every child can learn to read and build a life-long habit of reading and learning.