Archive for the ‘education’ Category

Meet Sunita – Sports, Scholarships, and Choice

For most Nepali women, to even consider wearing shorts is progressive. In our latest video, we see one of our featured READ center members, Sunita (16 years old), sporting her classic football uniform of a jersey and shorts. Young girls often look on during these games, shy, from the proverbial bleachers in traditional kurta dresses. Occasionally playing football […]

How education impacts women’s leadership in India

This January, the Indian State of Rajasthan passed an executive order barring anyone with less than eight years of formal education from running for election for head of village council (gram panchayat). This effectively disqualified roughly half of men and three-quarters of women from running in elections that began in January, and will impact more […]

Education in Nepal – A 30-Year Retrospective

When I first trekked up to the beautiful blue pilgrimage lake of Gosainkund in Nepal in 1984, the national literacy rate was about 33% (less for women), and the average yearly income was about $160 per person, though much of the economy was based on a barter system. Infant mortality was very high, and health […]

Libraries Reach the Unreached in South Asia

Despite widespread efforts over the past fifteen years to improve education in South Asia – mostly through access to primary education – the ground reality is that hundreds of millions of people are being left behind, and the causes and implications go far beyond school walls. Drop-out rates remain staggeringly high: 1 in 3 students […]

Finding Resilience in Fulbari, Nepal

In 2014, READ Global staff member Shannon Kimball visited Nepal to see READ’s work for the first time. Below she writes about the READ Center that inspired her the most. As I approached the Fulbari READ Center, a dozen women rushed me inside. I had learned to handle the heat in Nepal’s Terai region—which was […]

A Mother-Daughter Perspective on Poverty in Nepal

This post is written by Betsy Borrelli, a READ Global Board Member, proud mother, and Senior Vice President, Reputation Management & Crisis, for the global communications agency FleishmanHillard. I am a very proud mother of a girl that I adopted as an infant from Nepal. She is now nearly nine- years-old, and this April I […]

Preventing Alcoholism through Art in Bhutan

Alcoholism is a challenging problem around the world. In Bhutan, most farmers brew their own liquor and responsible drinking is accepted as part of its culture. However with the challenges of modernization, excessive drinking that leads to alcoholism is a growing issue with a long-term adverse impact. We believe that the Bhutan’s youth are the […]

Addressing Community Needs Through ICT4D

A version of this article originally appeared on the website of one of READ’s partner organizations, IREX, and is written by Alex Pompe, who traveled to Bhutan in 2013 as an ICT advisor to READ Global. READ Global seeks to learn how to effectively partner with local information communications technology (ICT) capacity in India, Nepal, […]

How Mothers Change the World

A Mother’s Day post by READ Global Executive Director Tina Sciabica With Mother’s Day approaching, I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on three incredible mothers who changed the course of my life. My grandfather was killed trying to escape from a work camp in Italy in World War II, leaving my grandmother, my Nonna, a […]

10 ways to empower women

1  Create a safe space: Women in South Asia often have nowhere to gather with other women and talk about issues like gender equity, women’s rights, or health. READ Centers provide a safe, trusted space for women to gather and learn. “The Center is a safe place for women, and we don’t really need approval […]

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