John Wood quit his job as a manager at Microsoft to fulfil his dream: to fight poverty by giving children all over the world the chance to go to school.

John believes that when children can read and write, they are better equipped to demand their rights and to defend themselves against abuse, trafficking and slavery. John and his organisation, Room to Read, have built more than 1,700 schools and over 15,000 school libraries in some of the world’s poorest countries. Room to Read and John Wood was honored in 2014 by the World’s Children’s Prize Foundation for his then 15-year fight for children’s right to education.

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