Spreading Literacy Around the World

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Former Microsoft executive John Wood tells about leaving his lucrative career at the age of 35 to found the nonprofit Room to Read and build libraries around the world. In Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy he shares stories of the people Room to Read works to help: impoverished children whose schools and villages have been swept away by war or natural disaster and girls whose educations would otherwise be ignored.


John Wood

Comments [6]

RheaGray from Forest Hills

Please tell Mr. Wood that New York City schools no longer have libraries...and those that do lack complete collections, lack librarians and lack a weekly library visit with book check-out for elementary school children.
No, books have not been replaced by the Internet or by databases - not in these schools and not in the real world.
Perhaps he can tell his friend Bill Gates to stop pushing Michael Bloomberg to eliminate library time in favor of so-called "learning time."
Soon we will have a literacy and information crisis in America. A classroom bookshelf with on-grade-level books is not the same as a fully stocked elementary library.

Feb. 12 2013 02:00 PM
E from Bk

Sorry to say but no matter how literate people in the 3rd world become it won't change their fact of miserable and violent globalization which keeps most of the world in poverty. This guy is a publicity stunt for western business.

Feb. 12 2013 01:48 PM
maggie from nj

DOe your guest take any steps to ensure girls benefit from this work? Girls are so often left out of education in low income nations.

Feb. 12 2013 01:43 PM
Peg from Upstate

When I volunteered to work in a Bronx High School at the end of school last June, some of the teachers wanted to send used text books to schools abroad. That plan was quickly nixed and thousands of textbooks were THROWN AWAY!!!

The administrator's reasoning was that poor children around the world would be insulted by slightly out of date textbooks (5-10 years old and in perfect shape)

Feb. 12 2013 01:31 PM
TW from lic

PROVIDING BOOKS FOR THE POOREST CHILDREN is great. May I suggest we re going to need great philanthropy here at home as our wealth and power are being overtaken by countries like China.

Feb. 12 2013 01:28 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

We have the internet. What more do kids anywhere need other than access to it? All these poor places need is wi fi and cheap devices that can access the net. Those who want to learn, will and those who can't or won't, won't. The same as here.

Feb. 12 2013 01:28 PM

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