READ Bhutan

READ Bhutan

Why Bhutan?

Although Bhutan is known for the beauty of its landscapes and "Gross National Happiness", most of the population lives in remote areas with rugged terrain, poor infrastructure, and few educational or economic opportunities. Bhutan has one of the lowest literacy rates in Asia, and before READ established our first Center there, Bhutan had only one public lending library in the entire country. Bhutan was closed off from the rest of the modern world until the 1960s. While it has since begun the process of modernization, access to resources and information is still very limited.


READ's work in Bhutan


6 Centers established
28,205 Rural villagers have access to READ Centers
3 Sustaining enterprises launched

READ began working in Bhutan in 2008 with the goal of transforming rural communities by creating access to information and resources, and building a culture of reading. With the help of our partner communities, we have established the first rural lending libraries in the country. From a Center that provides agricultural trainings to farmers, to environmental sustainability programs for kids, to a program to boost women’s civic participation, READ is helping create vibrant places to live and thrive in Bhutan.

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Programs

Education:

  • Literacy programs in partnership with the Ministry of Education
  • Basic English Literacy Programs
  • Reading and Writing Programs

Economic Empowerment:

  • Programs for women home-based workers
  • Small scale business skills and management
  • Sustaining Enterprise development

Technology:

  • Computer Literacy classes

Women's Empowerment:

  • Leadership and boosting women's participation in public spaces
  • Women's Health Classes

READ Bhutan 2012 Annual Report

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45%

of adults are illiterate 1

43.9%

of people in rural areas lack electricity 2

64%

live in rural areas3

74.6%

do not use the Internet4

READ Centers in Bhutan

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