Discover just a few of the tools we utilized in 2021 to deliver life skills lessons to millions of students:
STREAMING LIFE SKILLS IN VIETNAM In Vietnam, our team introduced a series of life skills videos for girls in Grades 7 and 8 that kept them learning and connected to their teachers and classmates while schools were closed. Videos covered topics from critical thinking to reproductive health and were available for streaming on YouTube. Life skills content was enhanced by virtual, teacher-led discussions that provided students with opportunities to dive more deeply into topics like empathy and creative problem solving and strengthen their connection to their educational community during a time when girls around the world faced increased isolation. TAKING TO THE AIRWAVES IN NEPAL Our Nepal team created and released more than 100 unique radio episodes in 2021 to provide life skills lessons to students studying at home and to field questions from girls and their families on topics of particular importance during the pandemic — such as managing emotions, creating healthy relationships, delaying marriage, studying at home and setting goals. This robust radio programming enabled stand-alone learning, benefiting girls who did not have access to television or the internet during school closures. MIXED MODALITY APPROACHES IN INDIA Through regular virtual mentoring sessions, Room to Read mentors, known as social mobilizers, discovered that many students enrolled in Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program in India required additional support materials to keep up with at-home learning. In response, our team compiled physical learning kits filled with items that met the unique needs of girls across our partner communities — school supplies like geometry boxes, note pads, pencils and pens, sharpeners and rulers; reference materials including practice exams, coursebooks and life skills worksheets; and pandemic-specific health supplies like masks and hand sanitizer.
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