John Wood Promoting New Book at University CampusFebruary 11, 2013 by Sally Farhat Kassab
Skoll Awardee John Wood of Room to Read just released a new book, Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy, and was recently at Southern Methodist University promoting it. Here’s a little about his trip from the campus newspaper:
“Room to Read is a philanthropic organization that is responsible for opening over 15,000 libraries in developing countries, impacting over 7.5 million children.
Wood and his team go into impoverished countries and seek out communities that need help improving their education systems.
Wood made it known, however, that his team picks communities that wish to help themselves.
The natives help dig the foundation for the libraries and paint the walls. It is very much a co-investment, where the people want to send their children to school, which strengthens the chance of success amongst them, according to Wood.
‘We’re not going into these communities as foreigners,’ Wood said. ‘We are working with them if they want to help themselves.’”