2020 Room to Read World Change Challenge
I’m proud to be a Room to Read writer-ambassador. From October to December our stellar Room to Read writer-ambassadors are once again teaming with schools across Australia to raise money for Room to Read’s Literacy and Girls’ Education programs. Room to Read has been incredibly efficient in adapting its programs to a COVID-19 world, delivering what children in some of the world’s poorest countries need right now to continue their education.
I challenge schools to join us in raising funds in fun, innovative ways to give kids in the developing world a chance at a time when 1 in 2 girls are in the high-risk category for not returning to school post-COVID. Just $1 pays for a day of education. If you are interested, please email me and we will send out more details as soon as we have them.
Room to Read Writer-Ambassador Team
In 2012 I helped initiate the Room to Read World Change Challenge (with funding and support from Stubbies Schoolwear) and, since that time, in partnership with school students in Australia and Hong Kong, and the Room to Read writer-ambassador team we have raised over $140,000 to fund school libraries, local-language book publishing and girls’ education in some of the world’s poorest countries.
About Room to Read
Room to Read is an ultra-dynamic organisation that builds libraries, supports literacy and creates local language books in developing countries. They have established more than 1,700 schools, created over 16,000 bilingual libraries, distributed more than 13 million books and endowed long-term scholarships for over 25,000 girls. We believe in the idea that ‘World Change Starts with Educated Children’.
Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education that enables them to reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the planet. I urge you to check out their website www.roomtoread.org. John Wood, the founder, wrote Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, an extraordinary story on how one human can inspire many to pursue a better, more just society.
Read my guest blog post for Room to Read, ‘Why Stories Matter’.
Change the World in Five Minutes Every Day at School
Our short film for SBS: Change the World in Five Minutes, Every Day at School has recently passed 500,000 Youtube views!
It’s a fast-paced five-minute film, following a class of year five and six kids as they spend the first five minutes of every day at school taking action to change the world in positive ways. It’s about getting fired up and doing something about the state of your community and the planet. The film has found a life of its own on Youtube and inspired individuals and classes to take action. The film has been screened widely at events in Australia, the UK and America.
The movie is based on the book Change the World for Ten Bucks.