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We are an international NGO transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income countries across Africa and Asia by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, we target two critical milestones: literacy learning in first and second grades and a girl’s transition into secondary school. In 2015 we reached our goal of impacting 10 million children. By 2020 we anticipate reaching 15 million children.

About Room to Read & Global Citizen

Right now 780 million people on this planet can’t read. Two-thirds of them are women and girls. We’re facing a global education crisis. By partnering with effective, innovative organizations like Global Citizen, we have a greater chance of ending global illiteracy and gender inequality in education. Literacy is a basic human right. Every child has a right to a quality education, which we believe has the power to lift entire generations out of poverty and to access their rights.

Stories

  1. Article: Open Letter to Trump: Executive Order Erodes Trust in US Around the World
    Citizenship

    Open Letter to Trump: Executive Order Erodes Trust in US Around the World

    Feb. 10, 2017|Room to Read

    “When we succumb to fear, we surrender our humanity. “ Read more

  2. Video: How Roshanara Defied Her Parents and Said ‘No’ to Child Marriage
    Education

    How Roshanara Defied Her Parents and Said ‘No’ to Child Marriage

    By Yosola Olorunshola|Nov. 29, 2016|Room to Read

    “What will you do with the education?” her mother said. “You only need to cook and clean.” Read more

  3. Article: This Girl Knows How to Handle a Street-Harasser
    Girls & Women

    This Girl Knows How to Handle a Street-Harasser

    Oct. 11, 2016|Room to Read

    How a teenage girl in India rallied her community to put an end to sexual harassment on the street. Read more

  4. Video: Can You Read This? Nearly 780 Million People Around the World Cannot
    Education

    Can You Read This? Nearly 780 Million People Around the World Cannot

    Sept. 8, 2016|Room to Read

    We need to talk about worldwide illiteracy. Read more

  5. Article: This 9-year-old girl inspires others after opening "street library" in India
    Education

    This 9-year-old girl inspires others after opening "street library" in India

    By Meghan Werft|July 6, 2016|Room to Read

    “Friendship with books leads to friendship with the world.” Read more

  6. Article: girl beats exams after parents burn books
    Education

    She snuck out to take exams after her parents burned her books…twice.

    June 15, 2016|Room to Read

    Tay Thi was a rebellious teenager who defied her parents by staying in school. Read more

  7. Article: A year after the Nepal Earthquake, a survivor finds strength at school
    Education

    A year after the Nepal Earthquake, a survivor finds strength at school

    April 25, 2016|Room to Read

    One schoolgirl tells her story of surviving disaster. Read more

  8. Article: For India's school girls, how one father's support gets multiplied
    Education

    For India's school girls, how one father's support gets multiplied

    March 24, 2016|Room to Read

    "Education is a lamp that can brighten a child's life" - Bhajnu father and education advocate. Read more

  9. Video: How Shabnam dared to defy her village in India and changed the future for all its girls
    Girls & Women

    How Shabnam dared to defy her village in India and changed the future for all its girls

    March 8, 2016|Room to Read

    An inspiring young girl who dared to learn. Read more

  10. Article: How an army of women saved this Nepali girl from child marriage
    Girls & Women

    How an army of women saved this Nepali girl from child marriage

    Feb. 12, 2016|Room to Read

    Wedding crashing for all the right reasons. Read more