Girls' Education

Girls' Education

A Lesson in Life Skills for International Women's Day

A Lesson in Life Skills for International Women's Day

At Room to Read, we believe in the power of life skills - skills like critical thinking, negotiating, and perseverance that can help young women remove barriers and become leaders of their own lives.

In December, Room to Read and the Obama Foundation’s Girls Opportunity Alliance collaborated in Vietnam to showcase the power of life skills.

Alongside true champions of girls’ education – including Julia Roberts, Lana Condor, Ngô Thanh Vân (Veronica Ngo), YouTube’s Liza Koshy and the TODAY Show’s Jenna Bush Hager – Michelle Obama visited a Room to Read partner school and participated in life skills lessons with Girls’ Education Program participants.

This life skills session, I Am Confident, was shared with the Obama Foundation delegation during their visit and is designed to help the young women in your life build a positive self-image that they can embrace as they navigate key life decisions.

International Women's Day is Sunday, March 8th

When women and girls are educated they don’t just transform their own lives; they transform their families, their countries, and our world. Each of us benefits from gender equality. Each of us can help. And collectively, each and every action will create a gender equal world. So we asked: How do you advocate for gender equality?

Celebrate International Women's Day by striking the #EachForEqual pose and tagging @RoomtoRead to tell us how you advocate for gender equality.

The Need for Girls' Education Powerful Partnerships to Empower Girls

The Need for Girls' Education

Right now, more than 98 million adolescent girls around the world are not in school. This is a crisis and we know the single best approach to improving the status of women is through education. Yet, girls are disadvantaged when it comes to getting an education. Cultural bias, gender discrimination and safety concerns discourage girls from learning, and these pressures become even more pronounced when girls reach secondary school.

Room to Read's Girls’ Education Program was founded with the belief that educated women can change the world. Educated women are healthier, earn more income for their families, and are greater contributors to their community and country.

Empowering Girls Through Education

Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program helps girls stay in school longer, progress towards completion of secondary school, and acquire the skills and agency they need to make informed choices about their lives and realize their potential.

Inside Room to Read's Girls' Education Program

Four Key Components to Girls' Education


Engaging the Family, School and Community

Our work with families, schools and communities aims to create environments that support girls’ success in school and beyond. To engage these stakeholders, we hold workshops and community meetings where parents and caretakers can discuss the importance of sending all of their children — not just the boys — to school, and the challenges they face. Our program alumnae also participate, serving as valuable role models for younger girls, and often contributing as mentors and guest speakers.

Parent Engagement in Girls' Education in Tanzania
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The End of Impossible

Some think putting an end to illiteracy and gender inequality in our lifetime is impossible. But not Room to Read. We are fighting against gender inequality in education. We just need the funds to do it. Let’s reverse the notion that the end to these challenges is impossible.

One of the most important investments we can make is ensuring that girls are able to stay in school, advocate for themselves and navigate life's most difficult decisions. It costs just $25 a month to give a girl everything she needs to stay in school.

Powerful Partnerships

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With your support we can scale faster and transform communities across the globe. Help us reach more children more quickly.

Transformational Giving

We invest in girls’ education for long-term, systemic change. That means sustaining our programs for years, if not decades, and scaling them to a country’s need. To these ends, we focus on girls’ transitions into and through secondary school — that’s where the biggest and most permanent gaps in gender equality in education take place. We also collaborate with government officials at the local, regional and national levels to promote girl-friendly learning environments. These partnerships ensure that our program is complementary of national efforts, sustainable and nationally scalable.

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