Room to Read | 2021 Annual Report

Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program prepares students to make positive change — in their own lives, in their communities and in the world. Through life skills classes, mentorship and peer support, as well as family and community engagement, our program ensures that girls have the tools they need to succeed in school and make key life decisions. Our work goes further by supporting young people of all genders to build knowledge and skills with which they can create a gender-equal world. And we help governments deliver similar programs through their own education systems, creating change at scale.


The varying contexts in which girls have been educated during the COVID-19 pandemic — in school and out of school, in stable and in emergency settings — have prompted us to diversify our program delivery models. We have been nimble in tailoring our content to the channels that are most accessible to girls in each community, whether radio and television broadcasts, books or internet-based platforms and messaging apps. By employing all available tools, we have provided varying ports of entry for students of all genders to acquire the skills they need to effectively navigate day-to-day challenges, advocate for themselves and confront limiting gender norms in their communities and beyond.

Room to Read’s life skills curriculum has long supported girls as they chart successful life paths and change their communities and the world for the better. Our program helps girls develop critical skills like self-confidence, perseverance, and communication. In addition, curriculum focused on themes like financial education and climate justice helps girls gain the knowledge, support and resolve they need to pursue their dreams.

“I am grateful that there is an organization like Room to Read in our country to encourage people like me who have not always seen the benefit in educating their daughters. I heartily thank Room to Read for supporting my daughters’ education and hope that more parents will become aware of the value of girls’ education as I have.” – Sanwar, a father of Girls’ Education Program participants in India


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