Room to Read | 2021 Annual Report

assistance project in India, providing thousands of girls with improved educational opportunities and the tools they need to navigate key life decisions.

In 2020, Room to Read launched

a partnership with Warburg Pincus to scale our Girls’ Education Program in India and develop a framework for our global climate justice curriculum. This support enabled Room to Read to reach girls in India during a critical time through a mixed modality approach that considered all levels of access to technology.

Since 2016, IMC has invested generously in Room to Read’s

Literacy Program in Africa. Throughout our partnership, IMC has contributed more than $10.8 million to Room to Read, helping to equip young learners in South Africa and Tanzania with the powerful tool of literacy that will transform their own lives, as well as their communities and future generations.

With support from the United States Department of Agriculture’s

Luxury skincare brand Tatcha has been a Room to Read

McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, Room to Read partners with The World Food Programme to implement a 6-year (2018–2023) literacy project in Cox’s Bazar. The first 2 years of the initiative, Room to Read extended technical support to the implementing partners and implemented directly in two upazilas starting in the third year. The project’s midline evaluation showed that, even after only one year of intervention, that students’ reading skills had improved, especially in letter sounding fluency and oral reading fluency.

corporate partner since 2014, with a percentage of every purchase supporting Room to Read’s global literacy and girls’ education programs through its Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures fund. Through December 31, 2021, Tatcha has funded more than 6.4 million days of school for girls in Africa and Southeast Asia and provided 68,000 books to children in underserved communities throughout the United States.

Room to Read partners with UNICEF across our program countries in Asia. Our partnership with UNICEF Bangladesh works to increase the

learning outcomes of the host community students in Cox’s Bazar through professional development for educators, school governance and community engagement. Additionally, we collaborate to provide supplementary teaching and learning materials to educators and quality reading materials to the children in Rohingya refugee camps. Our partnership with UNICEF India supports the scale-up and institutionalization of our Literacy and Girls’ Education Programs in multiple states. In Sri Lanka, we partner with UNICEF to improve learning environments in Kilinochchi, provide quality learning materials and train teachers to promote improved reading habits among children.

Room to Read partners with USAID directly in India through a prime cooperative agreement,

as well as with USAID consortiums as a subcontractor in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, and Rwanda (with Winrock, RTI, CARE, Save the Children and Chemonics, respectively). Through these partnerships we are able to work with country governments at scale to benefit millions of children, teachers, coaches, and government officials and communities with training, teaching and learning materials in mother tongue languages, and best-practice technical assistance.


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