International Celebrities Support our Mission
The World Literacy Foundation is grateful for the ongoing support and contributions from important influencers and like-minded people in the literacy and education sector.
Dame Helen Mirren
Learning to read is such a fundamental skill and sets children up to excel at school and life, but illiteracy is a reality for many. I'm proud to support UK reads in its aim to bring the joy and power of reading to UK children and their families who don't have any books at home.
Every child, no matter their circumstances, deserves access to books and literacy support. Please support the World Literacy Foundation with a gift today.
I support the World Literacy Foundation because their ideas to eradicate illiteracy worldwide will lead to a multitude of good things
Books bring magic to children - mine included - and open doors that last a lifetime. I was heartbroken to learn of the UK illiteracy statistics and I hope I can help spread the word about the vital work UK Reads are doing and in turn, help more children discover the joy of escaping into stories.
Reading has always felt like home to me, a place where I could both find myself and discover new things about myself. I was a shy child and stories allowed myself to hone my voice - it honed the muscles of my imagination in a way that allowed me a way to envision saying things that were held captive in my head until one day I could. I wish for every child to have the opportunity to find stories they can learn about the world and themselves from, books that feel like support and inspiration for who they can become and what their futures hold.
I am so proud to be supporting the World Literacy Foundation and Uk Reads. Raising literacy standards for every child is something we should all care deeply about, and I am so excited to support such a brilliant foundation who are working towards reducing the shocking illiteracy numbers in the UK. Growing up reading was my favourite think in the world to do (as an adult, still is!). Reading and writing aren't just important life skills but can allow us to dream, escape, explore and help us become whoever you want to be.
I am delighted to be an advocate of the World Literacy Foundation; books are the foundations that help build and shape our lives. They make us think, dream, understand and fly. They make us who we are. While it should be a human right to have the access to knowledge it should never be taken for granted. That's why I'm delighted to be part of the team and help in my way I can.
Stories from our Community
WLF ambassador from Kenya educates girls on the importance of literacy and education
July 24, 2021
Maureen Odhiambo, a #WLFambassador from Kenya, visited a primary school to educate girls on the importance of literacy and education. We are so proud to see how ambassadors are using their voice as their most powerful weapon in our fight against illiteracy.
WLF volunteer Sneha Nadella won a recognition at the Daily Point of Light Awards
July 15, 2021
Through the World Literacy Foundation, Sneha, a rising high school senior from Plano, Texas, serves children around the globe to support their education and promote literacy. From Ethiopia to India, Sneha is volunteering to lift young people out of poverty through the power of literacy.
2021 World Literacy Awards to be celebrated on International Literacy Day
July 15, 2021
The World Literacy Awards recognizes individuals or organizations annually for their outstanding endeavors to promote literacy. This year, the Judging Panel of 10 eminent leaders from across the global includes literacy leaders, Nobel Literature Prize recipients and award winning authors.