Education has a direct impact on child and maternal health and poverty levels as well as an indirect effect on many of the challenges that people face in developing countries. There are over 67 million children worldwide who do not attend primary school and over 73 million children worldwide who do not attend secondary school. Without access to basic education, current and future generations will face limited economic opportunity and will be challenged to realize their full human potential.
One critical factor for overcoming the barriers to education is availability of opportunities like adequate schools, teaching materials, libraries, and support particularly for girls. To date, Room to Read has benefited 7.8 million children by providing 22,408 girls with educational opportunities and life skills training, establishing 14,902 libraries, constructing 1,681 schools, facilitating literacy instruction in 2,613 classrooms, and publishing 887 original children's titles in 25 languages.
Across all our programs, Room to Read adheres to several design elements that aim to increase long-term sustainability. These principles include enlisting community involvement and co-investment, hiring local staff with culturally relevant skills to manage our in-country programs, adapting programs to meet community-specific needs, and providing multi-year support with specific end dates. These elements reinforce local ownership and ensure the success of our programs.
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