Room to Read

Room to Read is supporting Literacy and Girls’ Education in one of the most impoverished areas of Sri Lanka

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Room to Read in Sri Lanka transforms lives through improving gender equality in education and providing literacy aid to school children across the world. A global project they expanded into Sri Lanka after the end of their civil war which lasted until 2009 and killed over 60,000 Sri Lankans. The country was also hit by the tsunami in 2004, which devastated infrastructure.

The project believes that world change begins with education, and so began rebuilding schools and building education projects for girls. In many parts of Sri Lanka, girls face discrimination and barriers to education. This is particularly true in the central highlands area, where girls often work long hours for low wages. This produces a literacy gender gap; which in some areas girls fall behind by 19% in their literacy rate.

Room to Read's Girls' Education Program works to ensure that girls in secondary school have access to the tools and resources they need to successfully gain qualifications and complete their schooling.

INTO Giving has donated £7500 / $9885 to fund 39 girls through their programme for one year.

The programme includes 4 main areas of education;

Life skills education: Life skills are competencies such as empathy, critical skills lessons cover topics and challenges that girls may face in their daily lives and in the future, including communal thinking, and self-efficacy that girls need to meet day-to-day challenges and make informed decisions. Life skills, health and hygiene, gender bias, finding time to study, and setting goals.

Mentorship: Room to Read employs mentors, who they call Social Mobilizers who act as role models, advisors, and advocates to girls in their program. In addition to serving as examples of educated, strong women in the community, their Social Mobilizers provide girls with emotional support and guidance to help them along their journey.

Material Support: For some families, the cost of a school uniform or safe transportation is prohibitive to sending their daughters to school. Room to Read provides need-based material support for school costs such as tuition fees, uniforms, and exam preparation services so parents don't have to make the choice between putting food on the table and investing in education. 

Community Engagement: Through Room to Read's work with families, schools, and communities, they aim to create environments that support girls' success in school and beyond. To engage these stakeholders, they hold community meetings where parents and caretakers can discuss the importance of sending all of their children to school, and also the challenges they are facing.

 

For more information on Room to Read projects across the world visit their website 

 

 

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