Girls' Education Program (Room to Read)

  • P Project/Program

Key Information

Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program ensures that girls build the skills to succeed in school and make key life decisions. In eight countries, we equip girls with the tools to self-advocate and chart a path that they choose for themselves.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


1976 -


Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, Zambia


U.S. Department of Labor, Atlassian Foundation

COVID-19 Response


Government Affiliation


Ministry Affiliation


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary to secondary transition
  • Secondary completion

Other skills

  • Financial literacy
  • Social and emotional learning


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Other academic performance-related
  • STEM

Cross-cutting areas

  • Masculinities/boys
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls in school


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

All in school

School Level

  • Lower secondary
  • Upper secondary

Other populations reached

  • Boys in school

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Access to school

  • Improving transportation


  • Gender-sensitive curricula

Life skills education

  • Social and emotional learning (SEL) skills building

Mentoring/psychosocial support

  • Adult (non-teacher) mentors

Reducing economic barriers

  • Addressing cost of school supplies
  • Reducing/eliminating school fees

Social/gender norms change

  • Engaging parents/caregivers of students or school-age children/adolescents

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Increased grade attainment
  • Increased re-enrolment in school among out-of-school children
  • Increased secondary school completion
  • Increased test scores

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Improved financial literacy and savings
  • Reduced adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Reduced child marriage