Room to Read is a global non-profit founded on the belief that World Change starts with Educated Children®, envisioning a world in which all children can pursue a quality education that enables them to reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.
Focusing on literacy and gender equality in education, Room to Read works in collaboration with local communities, partner organisations and governments, developing literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children. The organisation also supports girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.
Room to Read focuses its efforts on developing reading skills in primary school-aged children because literacy is the foundation for all future learning. Since it was founded in 2000, Room to Read has impacted the lives of nearly nine million children by establishing school libraries, publishing original children’s books in more than 25 local languages, constructing child-friendly classrooms and supporting educators with training and resources to teach reading, writing and active listening.
Room to Read is changing children’s lives in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zambia and aims to reach 10 million children by 2015. Check out their website on www.roomtoread.org
Christmas Press is proud to support the wonderful work of Room to Read. We are also proud to note that several of the contributors to this publication are also writer-ambassadors for Room to Read: Kate Forsyth, Libby Hathorn, Susanne Gervay, and Sophie Masson.