Former Microsoft exec changing lives with books: Room to Read brings literacy tothe developing world
"We are too poor to afford education. But until we have education, we will always be poor." So says the headmaster of a Nepalese school, reflecting the conundrum of the developing world. Poverty creates a vicious cycle—the only way out is through education. Yet in many places of the world, basic schooling is simply inaccessible.
- For every year a girl is educated beyond the average, her wages increase by 15%.
- When a girl in the developing world receives 7 years or more of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children.
- When women earn income, they reinvest 90% of it back into their families, compared to only 30-40% for men.