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Learning to read and write is fundamental for any individual, these skills empower children to continue learning and to make positive, informed choices into adulthood. But there are 770 million people globally who are illiterate and 2 billion who struggle to read a sentence. This has a profound impact on their lives, job opportunities, self-esteem and wellbeing.

We are here to change this!

WELCOME MESSAGE

FROM OUR CEO

As we reflect on another busy and successful year at the World Literacy Foundation, I want to thank the board members, founders, staff, volunteers, our ambassadors, supporters and our many local delivery partners and schools around the world. Thanks to your collective effort, we continue to grow and move closer toward our goal of bringing literacy to all children and with it the freedom and empowerment it brings.

We have built on our literacy resources distribution work, continuing to target those most in need including refugees and children in the lowest-income households. We also were excited to be back at Oxford University in the Spring of 2020 to deliver the World Literacy Summit but the impact of the pandemic changed our plans. Thanks to our corporate partners and the adaptiveness of all our stakeholders, we were able to transform quickly and successfully the Summit into an online experience.

As we move into 2020-21, we are already aware of the devastating impact of Covid19 on the communities where we work, especially on education with schools’ closure. Therefore, we are now focusing our attention on Sun Books and Dingo App; two EdTech projects that aim to provide children in remote communities with quality educational resources to continue learning whilst at home and in a state of continued upheaval.

Thank you for your ongoing support! We look forward to working together to bring more books, improved technology, and equal opportunities to all. 

Andrew G Kay

Founder and CEO - World Literacy Foundation

WELCOME MESSAGE

FROM OUR CEO

As we reflect on another busy and successful year at the World Literacy Foundation, I want to thank the board members, founders, staff, volunteers, our ambassadors, supporters and our many local delivery partners and schools around the world. Thanks to your collective effort, we continue to grow and move closer toward our goal of bringing literacy to all children and with it the freedom and empowerment it brings.

We have built on our literacy resources distribution work, continuing to target those most in need including refugees and children in the lowest-income households. We also were excited to be back at Oxford University in the Spring of 2020 to deliver the World Literacy Summit but the impact of the pandemic changed our plans. Thanks to our corporate partners and the adaptiveness of all our stakeholders, we were able to transform quickly and successfully the Summit into an online experience.

As we move into 2020-21, we are already aware of the devastating impact of Covid19 on the communities where we work, especially on education with schools’ closure. Therefore, we are now focusing our attention on Sun Books and Dingo App; two EdTech projects that aim to provide children in remote communities with quality educational resources to continue learning whilst at home and in a state of continued upheaval.

Thank you for your ongoing support! We look forward to working together to bring more books, improved technology, and equal opportunities to all. 

Andrew G Kay

Founder and CEO - World Literacy Foundation

IMPACT OF COVID-19

ON LITERACY AND EDUCATION

People with no or low literacy skills, who already face multiple disadvantages in their daily lives, have also had limited access to health and preventive information about the coronavirus and online learning opportunities to continue their education. The COVID-19 crisis has shed light on the unpreparedness of infrastructure, education systems, programs, and people for ensuring the continuity of teaching and learning in such a situation.

The World Literacy Foundation is working day by day to reach children in remote communities with quality educational resources to enhance their literacy skills. Learn more about our EdTech initiatives: Sun Books, Dingo, and Indigenous Learning App.

OUR IMPACT

IN 2019-20

IMPACT BY LOCATION

In 2019-20 our programs have impacted children, parents, and communities in the five different locations where we operate: Australia, Africa, North America, the United Kingdom, and South America. We also run global programs where we reach more than 143 countries to raise awareness about the importance of literacy in our daily lives and in the world.

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SUN BOOKS

 
High rates of illiteracy, lack of educational resources, limited access to internet and electricity in remote areas and few resources and support for teachers are the still a reality in over 20 million classrooms in the developing world.
 
Sun Books is an initiative that brings together solar power, literacy resources, technology, and the local community to enhance literacy levels and the education of children in ‘off-the-grid’ locations. The literacy app has + 800 eBooks, digital literacy activities and teacher’s resources impacting the education of hundreds of children living in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Guyana.
 
In 2019-20, over 9,927 children were benefited from our Sun Books Program, we distributed 150 tablets, and run 150 workshops to train teachers on the implementation of Sun Books in the classroom.

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INDIGENOUS LEARNING APP

 
In 2019-20 we have been working with 14 remote Indigenous communities within the Northern Territory and Western Australia to implement the Indigenous Learning App which is a digital tool for teachers, parents and children to enhance the learning of children and youth in their local language and English.
 
We collaborate with Indigenous children, young people, linguistic experts and the local community to create a wider range of suitable digital educational content. We are grateful for the team of 11 amazing Indigenous and non-Indigenous volunteers who assisted in the creation of content. Thanks to them, the app has now over 410 literacy games and bilingual e-books with audios recorded by Indigenous people.

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READING OUT OF POVERTY (ROOP)

Since 2011, we have been working with a sole focus on providing early literacy skills and school preparedness for children aged 0-5 years from low socio-economic backgrounds, including migrants, refugees, and indigenous individuals in Victoria.
 
In 2019-20 we delivered our literacy services in Geelong, Melbourne, Mornington, East Gippsland, and Latrobe Valley. We distributed 25,000 copies of our Multilingual Baby Book (translated into 12 different languages), 10,767 second-hand books to families, we also donated 100 ‘pop-up’ libraries to medical centres, welfare offices, laundromats, community centres, and kindergartens and we reached 25,670 families with our literacy services including read-aloud sessions and parent’s mentoring.

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APRENDE LEYENDO

 
We have been providing our literacy support and learning resources to children in disadvantaged communities that have limited or no access to education in Colombia. 
 
Our activities aim to improve the literacy skills of children by giving them free access to quality education materials and innovative solutions that target wide-scale illiteracy. Our literacy tutoring sessions encourage children to read together, practice writing exercises, play fun games, and share a meal.
 
In 2019-20, children & parents accessed our literacy services over 940 times, we distributed +1,170 books and hold +50 reading sessions. We are now implementing ‘Dingo App’, a digital learning tool that aims to develop and enhance the literacy skills of children in both Spanish and English, thanks to the work and support from our volunteers, we have created +150 digital literacy activities and eBooks.

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UK LITERACY ACTIVITIES

 
Since 2014, we are committed to ensure every child in the UK gains the literacy skills they need to prepare for their future education and employment. We distribute children’s books, pop-up libraries and more learning resources to children in disadvantaged communities across the UK.
 
In 2019-20, we ran 142 local activities including book distributions, fundraising events, WLF Ambassador initiatives, and Sun Books related activities. We distributed 800 books to refugee and migrant groups who arrived in the UK with few if any belongings. We donated 5,000 books to children´s centers in deprived communities including North Kensington and Tower Hamlets in London and in Birmingham. We delivered 15,000+ books gift packs in 42 communities at Christmas parties and events held in schools.
 

UK READS

 
It is estimated that 380,000 children in the UK do not own a book. We aspire to change this through our new book distribution program; UK Reads. UK Reads draws together and builds on our existing literacy work with refugee groups, community centers that support lower-income families, and church-based outreach groups. 
 
The Covid19 lockdown has shone the need for new education strategies to keep children learning during the global crisis. With schools and libraries closed, children from deprived homes who lack digital access, face a real gap in their continued learning and development. 
 
We aim to provide physical, age-appropriate books and support to parents and carers to promote reading together with children from the earliest ages at home. UK Reads focuses on reaching those most in need, working in partnership with local community groups. We strive to see all children discover the joy of reading in their early years and develop literacy skills for future academic success.

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US LITERACY ACTIVITIES

 
Research shows that the only behavior measure that correlates significantly with reading scores is the number of books at home. Unfortunately, sixty-one percent of low-income families have no children’s books at all in their homes. 
 
We aspire to change this through our literacy services across North America. We draw together with partners and build on our existing literacy networks to reduce this stagger statistic and make a greater impact in local communities.
 
During 2019-20, we ran 181 literacy activities including book distributions, fundraising events, WLF Ambassador initiatives and Sun Books related activities.
 

MICHIGAN READS

Under this initiative, we distributed 5,000 children’s books in Western Michigan region, specifically in Grand Rapids, Wyoming and Kentwood where teachers reported that disadvantaged children do not have a single book at home.

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KIDS READ ONE! Project

In 2019, the World Literacy Foundation launched the partnership with #1 Children’s book series in the USA, “The Amazing Adventures of Harry Moon” to encourage students to read as a community. By reading the same book, children from different levels can share experiences, discuss ideas, and challenge each other. The strategy has been implemented in different school districts across the United States with the support of foundations that assist in funding the books and rolling out the KIDS READ ONE! project.

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WLF AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

 

Every year, we run the WLF Ambassador Program, an initiative to train like-minded individuals from all over the world to be a local voice and fundraise for literacy in their schools, universities, communities or social groups.
 
This year, more than 2,900 participants from 143 countries joined the program. They developed their leadership and advocacy skills to benefit hundreds of children who do not have access to quality education.

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WORLD LITERACY SUMMIT

This biennial conference brings together global literacy leaders, NGOs, policy-makers and learners to advocate, champion and educated on the vital importance of literacy.
 
In April 2020, due to security measures taken worldwide to reduce the spread of the Covid19, we celebrated World Literacy Summit as an online event with streaming services for speakers’ presentations, panel discussions, webinars and more. Over 100+ meaningful presentations have been compiled in a video library.

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FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

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For a copy of the Independent Audited Financial Accounts for UK, USA or Australia, please email info@worldliteracyfoundation.org

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DONORS & SUPPORTERS

We would like to thank the following companies and foundations for their support in 2019-20:

Tobias Harris Foundation, Kids Read One!, Pitney Bowes, First Book, Teespring,  Network for Good, Glenmede Trust Foundation, Fuller Foundation, Lewisburg High School, Atonement Lutheran Church of Boulder, Jewish Federation of Cleveland,  Shine On Foundation, Westpac Giving Circle, The Andrews Foundation, Queensland Government, Commonwealth Government, James Kirby Foundation,  Bennelong Foundation, Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation,  Books Glorious Books,  Felicity Wide Charitable Trust, The Michael Cornish Charitable Trust,  Oxford University Press,  Pearson International Project Literacy,  Souter Charitable Trust,  STEP PCA,  Vizrt Group

Additionally, we would like to thank our wonderful ambassadors and individual donors who have fundraised, volunteered or contributed to the World Literacy Foundation this year.

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EUROPE & UK

NORTH AMERICA

AUSTRALIA

CONTACT US

Please feel free to email us at info@worldliteracyfoundation.org for a copy of our annual report and financial statement

AUSTRALIA & ASIA

15/20 Commercial Road 3004
Melbourne – Australia
Tel: +61 03 9995 0079
ABN: 33 940 354 008
I.A.N: A0055790R DGR

USA

PO Box 44
Grandville 49468 MI
Address: 2666 Brookland Ave SE Grand Rapids MI 49507 – USA
Phone+1 616 710 1932
501 (c) 3 EIN 46-1201100

UK & EUROPE

Suite 225-46 Eversholt St.
London NW1 1DA United Kingdom
Tel: +44 7 842930125
Charity No. 1154264
Company No. 08475669

COLOMBIA

Calle 22 No 23-57 Manizales
Apartado Postal No 10
Tel: +57 3148217736
NIT: 00000901239830 – 2
Registration: 0090055212

AFRICA

PO Box 21427 Kampala
Tel: + 256 785 235776
Charity No. FORR139122056NB

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