For those of you on our email newsletter list, this message hit your inbox today. But in keeping with our efforts to communicate our work to as many of our supporters as possible, we are cross-posting this message on our blog to make sure you are up-to-date on our exciting plans for Room to Read's second decade.
It’s hard to believe that this year Room to Read celebrates its ten year anniversary!
Last year, knowing we were about to mark year ten, we embarked on a global strategic planning process to chart the roadmap for our second decade and to reflect on our strengths and key learning’s from the past ten years. It was a collaborative and comprehensive process that involved input from our country, regional and global offices, our advisory and board of directors, our donors, and experts in the field of international education.
We are excited to share with you the outcome of that process -– our vision for our second decade that focuses our mission and our work in two key areas: literacy and gender equality in education. In the past ten years, we have built and scaled an organization that is working with thousands of communities across nine countries to provide enhanced learning opportunities for millions of children in Asia and Africa. Our future goal is more ambitious than ever: to enable more than 10 million children in over a dozen developing world countries to maximize their educational experiences by 2015.
We’ll accomplish this through evolving our programs to better focus them on developing literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and supporting girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond. As we like to say, “this is an evolution, not a revolution” for our already successful programs; we will continue to implement our library, school, and local language books programs as well as support girls’ education but now these programs will have even more defined goals and outcomes. We encourage you to read more about it in our plan Envisioning Our Future: A Roadmap for Learning.
Room to Read has always believed that “World Change Starts with Educated Children” and that every child has the right to a quality education in order to reach their full potential. We are confident our strategic vision outlines a clear roadmap to continue our progress towards this goal. We are in awe of all that we have achieved together and excited about the future direction for the organization. We hope you are as well and that you will continue on this journey with us.
Onward and Upward,
John Wood & Erin Ganju
Download Envisioning Our Future: A Roadmap for Learning here.
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