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World Change Starts with Education. 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 ... Read more
World Change Starts with Education. 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.
Our Model Invest locally. We hire and empower local teams to run our in-country operations, and we partner with local communities and challenge them to co-invest in each project. This ensures their active participation and sense of ownership.
Build community capacity.We ensure we are always contributing to growing the capacity of the local community. For example, in our book publishing program, we hold workshops with local authors and illustrators to empower a growing pool of local talent.
Improve program quality. We continuously track our programs through ongoing research, monitoring and evaluation. For example, during the first three years after a library is established, site visits are conducted every three months to assess progress; offer needed training; and provide additional books and educational materials.
Manage efficiently and effectively. We ensure maximum investment in our programs. For every $1 Room to Read receives, 83 cents goes directly to programs. We also maintain a diversified donor base with 47 percent of our funding coming from outside North America.
Create a global movement. We have over 52 chapters in 16 countries and over 11,000 volunteers that network, plan events, and raise awareness for Room to Read. Our chapters collectively raise approximately 30 percent of our annual operating budget.