In Pictures: Gen.T Built A Library In Cambodia With Room To Read
Today, April 23, is World Book Day. As well as a celebration of the joys of reading, it's also an annual reminder of the importance of literacy. Right now, 750 million people in the world can’t read or write—and two thirds are women or girls.
We are a platform for the leaders of tomorrow, no matter their social background. Which is why we partnered with global literacy charity Room to Read and raised US$35,000 to build a Gen.T Library in Cambodia. We subscribe to the charity’s driving force: “World change starts with educated children.”
The money raised covered the cost of everything needed to establish and run a library, including filling it with 1,705 local-language books and 144 English books; training courses with teaching staff and librarians on how to build students’ literacy skills; and the cost of running it for a period of three to four years, until it is self-sustaining.
"Gen.T's mission is to shape Asia's future," says Tamara Lamunière, head of Generation T. "One of the ways we do this is through projects such as the Gen.T Library, which is part of Connect to Change, our initiative that brings the Gen.T community together to enact real change in the region. We're delighted to see the library up and running and excited to witness its impact over the years."
“This generous gift of education inspires lifelong readers," says Christabel Pinto, senior director of Room to Read's Global Literacy Program. "Generation T’s donation passes on resources and know-how to this community, so many years later, the Literacy Program is still impacting children."
Click through the gallery to see images of the school where the library was built, Trapaing Kroleung Primary School in Cambodia's Kampong Speu province, as well as the library and its opening ceremony.