Saturday, December 8, 2012

Literacy & Gender Equality in Education

Now it's a big room that harbored over six-million children around the world during the last ten years.  Room to Read   started in Nepal by an exhausted Microsoft executive.He visited a Nepalese classroom and discovered the shabby building housed only a few books--most inappropriate for young children learning to read.

After his return home and the donation of over 3,000 books, he returned to Nepal, with the books and eventually left his paid job to form Room to Read, which included libraries in rural Nepal.

The program quickly expanded to Vietnam, Cambodia, India, and Sri Lanka, Laos, then on to South Africa, Zambia, and Bangladesh. Tanzania was just added to the list of countries benefiting from Room to Read.

We envision a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.
To achieve this goal, we focus on two areas where we believe we can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education.  We work in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond,
 explains the website.

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