Room to Read is a leading non-profit organisation that focuses on girls’ education and children’s literacy in Asia and Africa. They envision a world in which all children can pursue a quality education that enables them to reach their full potential and contribute to their communities and the world. Room to Read seek to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, they develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in education and beyond.
Girls Education Program
Together, we support girls to overcome social and economic barriers by equipping them with the essential life skills to succeed in school and beyond. Since 2015, through the Girls Education Programme, we have supported 960 girls across India and Vietnam and in 2020, we are supporting 153 girls in Vietnam.
Key Activities of Room to Read's Girls Education Programme:
- Life Skills Classes: these develop the competencies to help them thrive —like empathy, critical thinking and self-efficacy. When girls learn these skills and how to apply them in their daily lives, they are better equipped to handle the challenges they may face, from finding time to study to gender bias.
- Female Mentoring: provides girls with strong female role models from the local community called social mobilisers and these women lead group and individual mentoring sessions to address any issues the girls may be facing in their lives.
- Family and Community Engagement: create a support system by holding community meetings and events in which staff, teaches, parents and other community members about the importance of educating girls, how to best empower the girls in their community and how to address certain challenges
- Material Support: provide participants with funding for tuition fees, uniforms, transportation, school materials, and exam preparation services on an as needed basis