Equal­ity in Ed­u­ca­tion

THE FOUNDER OF ROOM TO READ, John Wood, LEFT THE COR­PO­RATE WORLD AND STARTED A CHAR­ITY TO TACKLE GLOBAL IL­LIT­ER­ACY. HE TELLS Esther Wong WHY THE NEW DI­REC­TION GIVES HIS LIFE MORE MEAN­ING

Hong Kong Tatler - - Philanthropy -

Glob­ally, it’s es­ti­mated that nearly 800 mil­lion peo­ple lack ba­sic lit­er­acy skills—an is­sue that pre­vents them from get­ting qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and there­fore af­fects their liveli­hoods. John Wood, founder of the char­ity Room to Read, aims to tackle this prob­lem by em­pow­er­ing so­ci­ety’s youngest through the gift of ed­u­ca­tion.

Es­tab­lished in 2000, Room to Read’s global mission is two-fold: to tackle il­lit­er­acy and pro­mote gen­der equal­ity. To date, the or­gan­i­sa­tion has es­tab­lished more than 16,000 li­braries, con­structed more than 1,750 schools, pub­lished 885 orig­i­nal chil­dren’s book ti­tles and dis­trib­uted more than 13 mil­lion books in 10 coun­tries across Asia and Africa, with more than 25,000 young women en­rolled in Room to Read’s Girls’ Ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme.

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