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Committed to Furthering Education for Girls

2015 marks the 10 year anniversary of Credit Suisse's long standing partnership with Room to Read. By the end of 2015 our not for profit partner will have benefitted 10 million children through their work in Literacy and Girls' Education.

The year 2015 is a pivotal year: it marks the conclusion of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals, to be succeeded by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are the first global development agenda to be fully negotiated by UN member states. 2015 also marks the 10 year anniversary of Credit Suisse's long standing partnership with the not for profit, Room to Read. And by the end of 2015, Room to Read will have reached its own milestone by having benefitted 10 million children through their work in Literacy and Girls' Education. These are 10 million children whose lives are forever changed, thanks to education.

Thanks to Education

Founded in 2000, Room to Read's innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools in low-income countries during two time periods which are most critical in a child's schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls' education. Room to Read works in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and ensure girls can complete secondary school with the skills necessary to negotiate key life decisions.

To mark their 10 million children milestone, Room to Read is asking the world to express their gratitude for education and share how it has had an impact on their lives:

Patricia Horgan, Head of One Bank Collaboration at Credit Suisse, says: 'It has been incredibly enriching to support an organization which is helping millions of children in the developing world gain access to quality educational opportunities. In 2013 Neil Harvey and I joined Room to Read founder, John Wood, on a "Trek" in Cambodia, giving us a chance to see first-hand the amazing work being done by Room to Read and the trip had a profound effect on me. I'm pleased that with Credit Suisse's support we've helped Room to Read to bring education to 10 million children.'

'Because I am a Girl' campaign

For Credit Suisse's other partner, Plan International, 2015 also is a significant milestone: on October 11th – International Day of the Girl – Plan launched its latest and last report in their series Because I am a Girl. For the past 9 years Plan has published a report as part of its 'Because I am a Girl' campaign to assess the situation facing girls around the globe. The 2015 report – The Unfinished Business of Girls' Rights – contains contributions from a wide range of influential writers, media leaders, activists and thinkers focusing on the state of the world's girls. It also features recent research in four countries around the issues of early pregnancy, child marriage and violence against girls both at school and in the community. In the report over 4000 girls are asked not just to talk about the issues that inhibit their progress in life but what they would like to do about them so as to enable girls to learn, lead, decide and thrive in a world that values them and recognizes their rights and their potential. Plan International is a key partner in Credit Suisse's Financial Education for Girls program being implemented in Brazil, China, India and Rwanda.