World Change Starts With Educated Children

2847 Words May 13th, 2015 12 Pages
Brian Shuffler
Prof. Torres
ECON-1A and 1B – Term Paper
Word count – 3089
May 13th, 2015
Room to Read

Introduction Room to Read ‘World Change Starts with Educated Children’ is a non-profit business founded in 1998 by John Wood. In fact, he was a former Microsoft executive. The organization is worldwide with the main goal of promoting educational and literacy opportunities equally for both boys and girls. They are currently providing these services in the following countries Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zambia. They do this by building schools, libraries and training of local teachers. Also, they live and work by the mantra that all children especially in the developing world deserve and have the right to a sustainable education. “By empowering children through this lifelong gift, we see a world in which people are able to realize their full potential” (Our Story). The idea of Room to Read started when John Wood was in Nepal hiking the Himalayas and had the opportunity to visit a local elementary school. The deplorable conditions of the school in the village surprised him, which was lacking some of the most basic school supplies. For instance, there were hardly any textbooks or other types of literature, and not to mention the poor physical condition of the building. He made a promise to return with books, eventually collecting more than 3,000 children’s books. Within a short time, the first Room to Read was…
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