Our Story

Our Story

World Change Starts with Educated Children.®

Room to Read India was officially established in 2003 and presently has programs in ten states – Chhattisgarh, Delhi NCR, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh.

Room to Read is a global organization transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, our innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools during two time periods that are most critical in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education.

We collaborate with local communities, partner organizations, and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and ensure girls can complete secondary school with the skills necessary to negotiate key life decisions.

By focusing on the quality of education provided within the communities and ensuring these outcomes are measured, we have created a model that can be replicated, localized, and sustained by governments. 

““Education, after all, is the one issue that affects every other one. I think of it in the same way as dropping a pebble into a pond and getting a ripple effect. Educated people make more money and are more likely to escape poverty. Educated parents raise healthier children.” ”

John Wood Founder, Room to Read
John Wood
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Our Core Programs

Literacy Program

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Girls' Education Program

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Room to Read India's core leadership team comes from diverse disciplines and brings with them decades of experience working in the sector and an unshakable passion for improving education outcomes. The strategic direction provided by the leaders has held the organization to high standards.


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Its been 2 decades of work in the field of education for us!! View some of our key achievements so far.


Our achievements





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