Step Up for Gender Equality Room to Read2022 Room to Read World Change Challenge!

I’m proud to be a Room to Read Author Advocate. In 2022 I will be working with the stellar team of Australian authors and illustrators who support Room to Read, once again teaming with schools across the country to raise funds to support the organisation’s Girls’ Education Program.

If you would like to participate, please send an email. We’d love to have you or your school onboard! Here is the secure donation page. And here’s how to get involved and do a fun, simple fundraiser at your school…

Room to Read Australia 2022

Donate Now Room to Read

About the Room to Read World Change Challenge Step Up Program

Room to Read believes: World Change Starts with Educated Children®. Through education, we can make illiteracy and gender inequality problems of the past.

Educating girls is widely acknowledged as the most effective way to address global poverty. Girls who finish school earn more, have smaller, healthier families and are more likely to educate their own kids, breaking the illiteracy cycle. Yet 2/3 of the world’s illiterate people are women and girls. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected the world’s most vulnerable children, particularly girls, as learning continues to be disrupted at schools.  

Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program supports girls experiencing educational and economic inequities in secondary school, giving them the life skills needed to reach their potential. Now, this work is even more important with millions of young women at risk of never returning to school.

Thanks to people like you, Room to Read is supporting education through distance learning and remote mentoring. We must continue to support millions of girls currently out of school or who have been left behind.

Join Australian Authors in the Step Up Mission

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 and we will send out more details. Or visit our fundraising page.

For inspiration, check out Somerset College’s amazing Slime a Teacher initiative enticing eager students to donate gold coins at lunchtime to see their teachers slimed! Check out the pics. Surely there are teachers at your school who would volunteer? Or perhaps a gold coin bookswap, a sausage sizzle, a coin trail? There are more fundraising ideas here.

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 $150,000 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 a dynamic and innovative global organisation that has impacted the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, Room to Read’s programs have benefited more than 32 million children in 49,000 partner communities all over the world.

As part of its extensive literacy program, Room to Read trains teachers and librarians, establishes libraries and creates quality local language books, to date distributing more than 34 million books in 32 languages such as Khmer, Tamil and Swahili.

Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program is preparing girls to make positive change by introducing a life skills curriculum, opportunities for mentorship and peer support, and family and community engagement. To date more than three million girls have been supported cumulatively through this program.

The global education emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of children all over the world but Room to Read has been able to adapt its programs to provide content in a variety of mediums including tv, radio, text messages and social media.

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 beyond. I urge you to check out their website 

Also, 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.


  1. Lauren
    September 20, 2011 / 1:27 pm

    This is just fabulous Tristan. Thanks for sharing it with the world.

  2. September 21, 2011 / 4:04 am

    Hey Lauren. Thanks for saying. I'm super-pleased with the way the film has found its way in the world. Hopefully its doing positive things. T

  3. Anonymous
    March 21, 2012 / 9:52 am

    hey tristan,i like the book Nit boy and where do you find (My life and things that i made up)? remember you came to St Kevin's earlier today? have a good day!

  4. March 22, 2012 / 10:10 am

    Hey, thanks for the kind words about Nit Boy. Glad you like it. My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up is available via the web by clicking on my 'Store' page or it should be in big bookstores or you can ask for it in a store and they will order it for you or it might be in your library. Hope these work! Nanoo, nanoo. T.

  5. Anonymous
    May 16, 2012 / 2:37 am


  6. Anonymous
    April 9, 2013 / 6:43 am

    hey im Abdullah you know the kid who envented the choclate nits and the kid whos in the same school were miss krugar is well ill give you a clue im from kuraby state school

  7. April 12, 2016 / 2:28 am

    Hey Abdullah. Sorry so long to respond. Hope you're reading something great! I'm working on new My Life stories now. 😉 T

Close Me
Looking for Something?
Post Categories: