The World Change Challenge

Many world problems can be addressed through one solution: education. Why? Because knowing how to read makes people safer, healthier and more self-sufficient — yet nearly 800 million people are illiterate and two thirds are women and girls.

Many world problems can be addressed through one solution: education. Why? Because knowing how to read makes people safer, healthier and more self-sufficient — yet nearly 800 million people are illiterate and two thirds are women and girls. That’s why Room to Read’s innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools in low-income countries during the two most critical time periods in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education.

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Literacy in Primary School

Raising early readers into lifelong learners


Building Sustainable Relationships

We collaborate with local governments, schools, communities and families to ensure they understand the importance of literacy and how they can play a role in enabling students to achieve their full potential.

Relationships Create Generational Change

Parents, schools and government partners create a supportive environment for reading both at home and in school.


Creating a Learning Environment

We transform schools into child-friendly learning environments with teaching materials and libraries full of engaging children’s books.

Environment Creates a Culture of Reading

Students have access to materials that are carefully designed to develop their literacy skills, as well as to foster excitement about reading.


Equipping Teachers with Tools and Training

We provide professional training workshops on teaching reading and writing as well as library management and activities. We follow up with on-site coaching to ensure educators can effectively apply their newfound skills and knowledge.

Skilled Teachers Give Children a Solid Start

Teachers equip primary school students with strong foundational skills in literacy fluency and comprehension. Teachers effectively use the library so that students acquire the habit and love of reading.


Beyond the Classroom Walls

We use the evidence of our impact in schools to advocate with governments to adopt our approach to literacy. We work in partnership with governments to develop and drive reforms in curriculum, teacher training and reading promotion.

Breaking the Generational Walls

Nations are transformed through a stronger education system that can ensure children graduate as independent readers who assert their rights and contribute effectively to their communities and the world.

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Literacy Program

Girls’ Education in Secondary School

Keeping girls in school so they can reach their potential


Getting Communities Invested in Girls

We collaborate with local governments, schools, communities and families to support girls to reach their full potential.

A Culture of Gender Equality Grows

Partners understand the value of educating girls and work toward change within their schools, communities and at home.


Providing the Partners for Success

We provide girls with a mentor and life skills education throughout their secondary school experience.

Partners Equip Girls with Tools and Encouragement to Succeed

Girls have a role model to support them and skills they need to complete secondary school and negotiate future life decisions.


Creating Bridges of Support

We arrange material support for girls as needed such as school fees, transportation, uniforms and supplies plus exam preparation so that girls can find academic success.

The Path Ahead is Clear

Girls have fewer obstacles to overcome within their school environment and focus instead on getting to school, staying in school and learning.


Partnering with Governments for Change

We advocate with governments to adopt our approach to mentoring and life skills education and drive transformative changes in education systems around the world.

A Culture of Change Develops

Nations are strengthened with a new, educated generation of women who will earn more, stay healthier, educate their children and ultimately invest their talents in their communities and the world.

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Girls' Education Program
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