In the World Literacy Foundation, we strongly believe young people have the power to change the world because:
- They want to make a difference
- They are creative and optimistic
- They have an important and fresh perspective for social issues
- They are technology- friendly
- They are the future
Around the world, there are still 750 million illiterate people who can’t read a single word and they experience difficulties in developing simple everyday tasks such as read the label of a medicine bottle, fill in a job application or understand a traffic sign.
Illiteracy has a negative social and economic impact, such as poor health outcomes, welfare dependency, gender inequality and a lack of social cohesion, unemployment, increase criminal activities and it costs the global economy $1.5 trillion annually.
The first step to eradicate illiteracy is advocacy, we have to create awareness about the importance of literacy and education as a human right.
Today you can participate in our campaign WLF changemakers! and write your personal and authentic thoughts about literacy and education to change the world. Your words can reach and inspire hundreds of thousands of online readers.