Room To Read envisions 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 seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries 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 school and beyond.
In 2000, Room to Read was founded upon the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children.® Since then, their organization has grown exponentially: they now operate in 10 countries across Africa and Asia, employ over 1,000 staff members, and draw support from a dedicated network of investors who fund their annual budget of US$50 million. Most importantly, they are on track to accomplish the goal they set for themselves in their last strategic plan: by the end of 2015, Room to Read will have benefited more than 10 million children around the world through their programs in literacy and girls’ education.
Room To Read is very excited about the quality of their programs, the ability they have to scale their impact and the opportunities for investing in a healthy and sustainable organization. The international education sector has highlighted literacy and gender equality in education as great needs and they are better positioned than ever before to contribute in a meaningful and impactful way to addressing these needs for children around the globe. They believe they have set ambitious yet achievable goals and priorities in the next five years that create a road map for Room to Read to continue to deliver on its belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children.