How Difficult Would Your Life Be If You Could Not Read and Write?

Imagine you had no education and you could not read or write. How difficult would your life be?


1 world literacy foundationMost people take literacy skills for granted but there are over 750 million illiterate people who cannot read a single word and more than 2 billion who struggle to read and write a sentence!


These people experience difficulties with simple everyday tasks like reading the newspaper, understanding a traffic sign, or filling in a job application. What’s more, Illiteracy often results in the marginalization of low-skilled individuals from active participation in their communities and societies.

Global initiatives to reduce illiteracy

The World Literacy Foundation (WLF) was created in 2003 to help reduce children’s illiteracy rates across the world. For the last 17 years, the WLF team has been working to ensure every child, regardless of their socio-economic background, has the opportunity to develop literacy skills to succeed at school and beyond.


The WLF’s projects include literacy programs, distribution of learning resources, and implementation of EdTech solutions for communities in the United Kingdom, Australia, Africa, South America, and the United States. It is also a global promoter of literacy, by using social media and training like-minded individuals in leadership and advocacy. This helps spread awareness, educate, and mobilize people to take action to address illiteracy.

Ways to support literacy

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WLF’s work would not be possible without the support of volunteers, donors, and partners. One such partner is STEP, a global professional body, comprising of lawyers, accountants, trustees, and other practitioners who help families plan for their future.


This year, STEP nominated WLF as their charity partner for the ‘STEP Private Client Awards‘. All funds raised from this initiative will support global literacy projects to help vulnerable children at risk of lifelong illiteracy.


If you were able to read this article then count yourself lucky. How difficult would your life be if you could not read or write like so many others across the globe?


You have the power to make a difference to help those who cannot. There are lots of ways to help WLF in the battle against illiteracy like volunteering, becoming a partner, donating or being an ambassador.


Find out the many ways you can make a difference here: www.worldliteracyfoundation.org

Written by: Paula Rico



  • https://pca.step.org/charity
  • https://worldliteracyfoundation.org/get-involved/
  • https://en.unesco.org/themes/literacy