Hilton extends partnership with Room to Read
Hotel operator to support the education of 600 girls in India and Sri Lanka
Hilton Worldwide has extended its partnership with Room to Read, a non-profit organisation focused on improving literacy and gender equality in education.
The partnership will enable Hilton Worldwide and Room to Read to support the education of 600 girls and benefit 26,700 students in the non-profit’s literacy programme in schools across India and Sri Lanka.
Both organisations will also launch a formalised job shadowing programme for students of Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program (GEP), to offer girls the skills and support needed to complete their secondary school education.
Over the next three years, the programme will provide up to 300 GEP participants exposure to various career opportunities within the industry.
Hilton Worldwide Asia Pacific present Martin Rinck said: “Education is a powerful catalyst, which drives positive change that transforms lives. We have made a global commitment to impact one million youths by 2019, and organisations like Room to Read help us meet this goal by delivering literacy and skills training programs to impact the communities where we live, work and travel.
"Our joint efforts in India and Sri Lanka will also serve to close gender gaps so that girls have the opportunity to live up to their full potential.”
Room to Read founder John Wood added: “Room to Read is firmly committed to our partnerships with inspired corporations that support global education. Hilton Worldwide's continued investment in the next generation of leaders ensures that tens of thousands additional young people are given the opportunities to succeed both inside and outside the classroom.”
Since 2012, Hilton Worldwide and Room to Rad have collaborated to benefit and impact more than 43,000 young people in Asia.
Initiatives have included the support of nearly 600 girls to complete their secondary education, and the establishment of 30 school libraries, the publication and distribution of more than 3,600 school books, and the construction of four school buildings.