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Room to Read founder visits Dubai highlighting education

United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, November 04 - 2008 @ 09:57

John Wood, the Founder of the non-profit organisation Room to Read (featured recently on Oprah) will be at the Virgin Megastore in Mercato Mall on Jumeirah Beach Rd. on Tuesday, November 4 at 5:00 p.m. signing his award-winning and best-selling book “Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneurs Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children.”

The book, a recipient of Amazon.com’s coveted “Top Business Memoirs” award, has been published in 18 languages, and this week marks the first public appearances the author has made in the United Arab Emirates.

“We’re really excited to be here in Dubai and look forward to spreading the word about Room to Read,” said Wood.

“It’s an organisation that provides opportunities that change children’s lives and communities throughout the developing world and the book tells the tale of how that all started.

As we are also this week announcing a partnership between Dubai Cares and Room to Read, we expect that the book will be very popular with UAE citizens who are interested in creating social change in the poorest parts of the world.”

Wood’s journey began in Nepal in 1998, when he was a senior executive with Microsoft. While there, he visited some local schools that were ill-equipped to meet the educational demands of the community, epitomized by libraries that were completely devoid of books. He promised to return a year later with at least 450 books – one for each student. Upon his return, he was so inspired that he decided it would be his new mission. Now, ten years later, Room to Read has already impacted the lives of over 2 million children accessing over 600 schools, 6,000 bilingual libraries, and 5 million books. Also, by the end of 2008, there will be over 7,000 girls in Room to Read’s long-term scholarship program.

The mission of Room to Read is to partner with local communities throughout the developing world to provide quality educational opportunities by establishing libraries, creating local language children’s literature, constructing schools, providing education to girls and establishing computer labs. The organisation seeks to intervene early in the lives of children in the belief that education empowers people to improve socioeconomic conditions for their families, communities, countries and future generations.

“Through the opportunities that only education can provide, we strive to break the cycle of poverty, one child at a time,” said Wood.

Woods’ book was listed in the Top 10 Business Narratives of 2006 in Amazon.com Editor Picks.

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