Room to Read

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Room to Read is a civil society organization and non-governmental organization headquartered in California, United States of America.

Key information

Intended impact: "To transform the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education".[1]

Countries/areas where the organization is active: Room to Read runs programs in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Grenada, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Loas, Myanmar, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Cietnam, and Zambia. The organization has offices in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, India, the United Kingdom, the United States



Organization leader(s): Dr. Geetha Murali (CEO)

Partner/funder organizations: Ananta Foundation, Atlassian Foundation International, Bajaj Auto, Bank of America, Bertin Family Foundation, BNP Paribas, Burger King McLamore Foundation, Cartier Philanthropy, CitiFX, Credit Suisse, Echidna Giving,, IMC, Tatcha, Townsend Press, UNICEF, USAID, World Food Programme

Theory of change and its relation to education systems

Room to Read seeks to influence public policies and practices that focus appropriate resources toward delivering, at scale, literacy outcomes and life skills that promote gender equality. Such policies aim to upskill and support teachers, increase family and community engagement, improve the quality and inclusiveness of curricula, books, and learning material, encourage continuous assessment to inform system design and improvements, and foster opportunities for learning and growth outside the classroom.[2] By pursuing these aims, Room to Read hopes to create communities in which all children are fulfilled and have the necessary skills to make positive change and contribute equitable solutions to the most pressing challenges—in their families, communities and the world.

Room to Read's work relates to education systems in that they seek to work with education stakeholders to integrate their programming into existing systems, rather than building parallel structures. Room to Read ultimately hopes to affect change at scale, and acknowledges that this can only be done in partnereship with government.

See also

External links


  1. About Us. Room to Read.
  2. "Strategic Plan 2020-2024: Achieving Literacy and Gender Equality Outcomes at Scale". Room to Read.