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EAP UNGEI: Regional Partners

Room to Read

Room to Read established its Girls’ Education program in 2000 to motivate, educate and empower girls by providing the support they need to enroll in and complete their education through secondary school.

Room to Read’s approach is long-term and holistic. It provides material support (school fees, textbooks, uniforms, school supplies and transportation) as well as a range of supplementary activities (tutoring, life skills training, mentoring and medical check-ups) that contribute to the girls’ educational success. It also works with parents, teachers, school administrators and community members to ensure each girl has a strong support system in place to enable her to thrive.

The Girls’ Education program operates in eight countries, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zambia. In each country, the Girls’ Education staff and NGO partners identify populations of girls experiencing challenges to complete their education due to gender bias and economic hardship. The actual program is specifically tailored and relevant to the needs of each community.  In 2009, over 96% of Room to Read girl scholars advanced to the next grade. Room to Read will support more than 10,000 girls by the end of 2010. 

Room to Read’s vision is to transform the lives of millions of girls and boys in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.  For more information, please visit:


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