Rosewood Hotel Group international hotel management company has today, International Literacy Day, further strengthened its social responsibility mission of enrichment and empowerment through education, in the belief that learning is the foundation of all growth and possibility in life.
It has signed an agreement with Room to Read, pledging the support of its 55 hotels in 18 countries, including Rosewood Hotels & Resorts®, New World Hotels & Resorts and pentahotels. Room to Read is a global organisation transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.
To launch the partnership, Rosewood will provide funds to enable 100 young women to continue their secondary school education in Siem Reap, Cambodia, as part of Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Programme. The Girls’ Education Programme reinforces girls’ commitment to their own education, works with them to develop essential life skills and increases support for girls’ education among their parents, school staff and communities.
Rosewood Hotel Group will also implement group-wide initiatives to support Room to Read programmes, to include fundraising efforts, in-kind donations, seasonal initiatives, on-the-ground practical assistance and encouragement to Rosewood friends, families, guests and business partners to join hands in the cause.
Founded in 2000, Room to Read’s innovative model focuses on transformation within schools during two critical time periods in a child’s schooling. The early primary school for literacy acquisition helps children to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading while the Girls’ Education Programme ensures girls can complete secondary school with the skills necessary to negotiate key life decisions.
“People are the heart of the hospitality business, but it’s not just about our guests, hotel associates and stakeholders,” says Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer, Rosewood Hotel Group. “By supporting Room to Read, we are striving to provide children with a better future through education. We are committed to nurturing the next generation so they can realise their full potential and become a positive force in their communities and the world.”
“The education of children, particularly girls, is one of the most powerful and effective ways to address global poverty,” says John Wood, founder of Room to Read. “Rosewood’s enthusiastic and ongoing support will contribute to our goal of impacting 15 million children through education by 2020.”