Knowing how to read and write
can break the cycle of poverty

1 out of every 5 people in the world cannot read or write.
Together, we can change this:

Employment

The ability to read and write are essential skills in the search for stable employment. Literate individuals are more likely to champion for equal pay and fair work conditions.

Lowered Crime Rates

In the US, 85% of all juveniles involved in the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate and about half of the adults entering the prison system never finished high school.

Health

Literacy significantly enhances a person’s ability to access, understand, and apply health related information to their lives. In developing countries, a child born to a literate mother is 50 percent more likely to survive past the age of five.

Gender Equality

A literate woman is more likely to seek fair treatment, participate in her societies’ political and social structure, and be economically independent.

Read. Write. Empower.

The World Literacy Foundation is a global not-for-profit organisation working to lift young people out of poverty through the power of literacy. We believe that every child should be able to read and write so they can enjoy lifelong learning and empowerment. We are committed to building strong partnerships, providing assistance to grassroots literacy organisations and maximizing our impact through innovative solutions that bring quality education materials to classrooms across the world.

OUR IMPACT

120,000+

Books Distributed

100+

Community grants awarded

200 MILLION+

Lives impacted

BE PART OF THE SOLUTION.


SPREAD THE WORD

Awareness is powerful. Tell your friends, family and colleagues why you think it’s important for everyone to know how to read and write.


START A CAMPAIGN

Scale Mount Everest or host a book swap in the name of literacy – the possibilities are endless!


VOLUNTEER WITH US

We welcome new ideas with open arms. Contact us with your unique approach to ending illiteracy.

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