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Education Matters Now More Than Ever

Learning has been disrupted for 9 in 10 of the world’s children. But for millions of children in low-income communities, COVID-19 school closures will not be an interruption, but an end.

Brookings reports that “the COVID-19 pandemic will have huge impacts on student learning across the world, but students in low-income countries and those in sub-Saharan Africa will be the most negatively affected.”

Room to Read’s distance learning programs are an essential lifeline for the world’s most vulnerable children. Our educational interventions don’t depend on Internet connectivity – which is largely unavailable in the areas we serve – but human connectivity. Our teams are providing distance learning via channels that are most accessible to low-income children, including telephone, radio and TV broadcasts, and the distribution of printed materials.

Our team are local nationals living and working in the countries where we operate. They have a deep understanding of complex community needs and cultures, in addition to strong government partnerships. This enables us to facilitate learning using the most powerful tools and media available locally.

Donate today to help us fill a critical gap. According to research by Brookings, less than 25 percent of low-income countries currently provide any type of remote learning.

Your gift is an enduring gift that will change lives and solve many of the world’s greatest challenges.