In Latin America, literacy needs are great:
35 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate
36% live on less than US$2 per day.
42% of children from the poorest families in Colombia start late at school, and the school expectancy these students is just 6 years, compared with 12 years for the wealthiest.
The World Literacy Foundation established seven years ago a project in Manizales, Colombia called ‘Aprende Leyendo’. This project is focused on children who have low-level literacy skills, and who can’t afford to attend school. Every week we run 2 classes for 60 children and provide them and their parents, children’s books, reading support and tutoring.