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Getting millions to learn: How Room to Read takes a local approach to teaching and learning literacy skills

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on April 02, 2015 at 10:47 AM

Originally published by Brookings on April 2, 2015 by Jenny Alexander and Jenny Perlman Robinson.

We were excited to learn of First Lady Michelle Obama’s visit to Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program in Siem Reap, Cambodia last week while traveling to promote the Let Girls Learn initiative. We too have been spending some time with Room to Read recently in order to better understand their impressive efforts at ensuring more children around the world are reading.

What is Room to Read?

Room to Read is an education-focused NGO that improves learning for children in 10 countries across Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. They do this by focusing on systemic changes within schools in low-income countries during two time periods that are particularly critical in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition, and secondary school for girls’ education. Room to Read’s literacy program develops children’s skills and habits of reading throughout primary school so they become lifelong, independent readers. Room to Read’s girls’ education program concentrates efforts during a girl’s transition into secondary school, when she is at the highest risk of dropping out of school. Through these approaches, Room to Read has reached more than 9.7 million children in 10 countries over the last 15 years.

Read the full report here: http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/education-plus-development/posts/2015/04/02-room-to-read-local-approach-teaching-learning-alexander-perlman-robinson