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During this global crisis


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.


How can teaching and learning be reimagined in times of COVID-19 and beyond?

The crisis from the educator’s perspective

Teachers play a crucial role in reimagining successful teaching and learning strategies to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Therefore, the teacher’s skills, working conditions, and teaching methodologies require our support.


Due to school closures, educators are facing shortages and unfair changes to their working conditions. Many teachers who were on unstable contracts or working in the non-formal sector are at risk of losing their only income.


Sometimes, this role is performed by volunteers or people with a secondary level of education who have limited capacities for their work. Educators require ongoing service training and support to develop their teaching skills and resilience to manage remote teaching during the COVID-19 crisis.


Many educators face multiple disadvantages to performing their invaluable work. Inappropriate teaching facilities, lack of learning materials, and poor working conditions are the most common.

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The role of technology in literacy & education

Many parents are concerned about the disruption of their child’s education, and distance learning assisted by technologyhas been adopted as a temporary solution to this problem. However, remote learning has also highlighted the impact of the digital divide on the less fortunate.


It is undeniable that future literacy programs can also benefit from digital technology. We need to embrace, support and even scale up initiatives that pursue the improvement of literacy skills for children and youth through technology.

Action means everything

On International Literacy Day, we make a call to policy-makers, advocates, teachers, families, and students to join forces and take action. It is a common responsibility to ensure children keep learning during and after this global crisis.


Read some stories from our community…

Covid-19 Appeal

The COVID-19 global crisis is having a significative impact on the education of thousands of children across the world. We are working to increase our capacity and response to provide children with the learning resources needed to continue their education – but we can’t do it without you!


Your donation today will go to where it’s needed most.

Children’s education requires, now more than ever, free access to quality educational resources and technology. In fact, the world needs to adopt a more inclusive learning system.

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.

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We have designed a collection of quotes and stats that you can use with your networks to celebrate this important day.

Say hi to Astou! Our #WLFAmbassador from Senegal has started a library in her community to encourage children, young people, and adults to continue learning during the COVID-19 crisis.
Astou - Senegal
Martha, our #WLFAmbassador in Nigeria, shared with us a picture of the recent books and literacy resources distribution in her community to encourage 50+ children to continue their literacy development.
Martha - Nigeria
Judith, an educator from Nigeria is working on low-income and remote communities in Abeokuta to educate children who are struggling to read and write. Her close relationship with parents has been fundamental to keep children learning during this global crisis.
Judith - Nigeria
“Meet Nathaniel, a #WLFAmbassador from Australia! Through his initiative; Future Minds Network, he’s tackling youth unemployment through entrepreneurship. Nathaniel has educated over 11,000 young people around the world and during COVID19, he has run several virtual hackathons, where students get to build startups with an impact.”
Nathaniel - Australia
Our #WLFambassador Mohamed is working with the African Education Trust (AET) and the Ministry of Education to host a six-month program for 150 adults in Somalia to develop their numeracy and literacy skills.
Mohamed - Somalia
Meet Precious, our #WLFAmbassador in Lagos, Nigeria. She organized a book give away in her community to celebrate International Literacy Day. Special thanks to @farafinabook Farafina Kachifo publishers for providing the books.
Precious - Nigeria
Our #WLF Ambassadors; Isabel Akum & Bonita Halle from Cameroon shared some pictures of their celebration of International Literacy Day with less fortunate children in their community.
Isabel & Bonita - Cameroon
Meet Caroline, our #WLFAmbassador in Australia.
“I live in one of the most remote parts of Australia (North West). Although a developed country, there remains a gap in literacy, particularly for children in the North. I visited St Joseph’s School in Kununurra, East Kimberley. Children from years 1 to 6 had the opportunity to better understand how literacy allows them to ‘read the world’ and can help them fulfil their dreams.
Caroline - Australia
“Learners have been at home for almost six months since the lockdowns started in March. The Government and some NGOs have implemented learning initiatives through the radio and TV but they have only impacted learners in urban areas. Most homes in rural communities are struggling to keep children learning, so they spend their time digging in the gardens or fishing in the Nile.”
The Otubanga Child Development Center has engaged qualified teachers to develop learning materials in all subjects to impact 600 families.
Andama - Uganda
Initially, when the coronavirus pandemic started and every school closed down, it looked like it was going to be over soon. However, several weeks went by and then it dawned on everyone that it was not leaving anytime soon. Elite schools made arrangements for their students to continue learning online. I thought about a way to help children at my school to continue learning without having to spend so much on internet data. So I got worksheets and educational videos online and made them available to pupils of my school and community.
Grace - Nigeria
Bridget Idoko from Nigeria is advocating and working for young girls’ literacy development in her community.
Bridget - Nigeria
Here is Anyanwu Joseph, a literacy advocate who is donating his time, resources, and energy to educate children in his community where there is limited access to online learning and electricity. He spends 4 hours every week with children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Okrika Rivers State, Nigeria.
Joseph - Nigeria
Richard, our #WLFambassador from Ghana, and his team organized a donation of 100 books to benefit children in 2 different communities; McCarthy Kope and Pupuni. They aimed to mitigate the impact of the closure of schools during the Covid-19.
Richard - Ghana
Our #WLFambassador Harriet Nana and her team moved into rural areas of Ghana and donated stationeries, 500 storybooks, 550 exercise, and notebooks. Under the initiative Ahsa Life, this team aims to keep students with limited resources learning as schools remain closed. They also supported families with 320 hand sanitizers, 230 face masks, and literacy tutoring.
Harriet Nana - Ghana
Munachiso, our #WLFAmbassador from Nigeria, has created Code Learn, an initiative to run daily classes for children and educate them on mathematics, English, science, health education but most of all to improve their self-development, leadership, and public speaking skills.
Munachiso - Nigeria
Our #WLFAmbassador, Victor, is working in Nairobi, Kenya with the Sunflower organization to provide the community with resources to reduce the impact of COVID – 19 pandemic including food, facemasks, sanitary pads for adolescent girls and young mothers as well as school support.
Victor - Kenya
James, located in DCR, has created a digital activity to inform 102 people about the preventive measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in his community.
James - The Congo
He is Ade Richards who is working in the rural area of Ogbagi Akoko, Nigeria to ensure children continue learning during this global crisis.
Ade - Nigeria
Noragbai is a #WLF Ambassador from Liberia. He created an organization called “Youth for Quality Education” to promote the importance of Sustainable Development Goals and also to advocate for education and literacy in his country.
Noragbai - Liberia
Meet Reuben, he decided to distribute 50 books across six location in his community using the pop-up libraries from @LittleFreeLibrary
Reuben - United Kingdom
Lindsay, our #WLFambassador from Malawi, decided to host book clubs for children at her house. She also partnered with an art club to run a campaign using creative arts to eradicate Illiteracy. During the club sessions, children can choose between acting classes, cooking lessons, and public speaking workshops.
Lindsay - Malawi
Frank, our #WLFambassador in Ghana, has founded MOFRA LITERACY FOUNDATION (MLF) to ensure that children acquire literacy skills and reach their educational goals. Currently, the organization is supporting 20 children from 4 to 15 years old to improve their reading skills.
Frank - Ghana
In the last few days, Daniel has reached youth people in underserved areas in Nigeria to bring them support and food through his initiative Empowered Youth Africa.
Daniel - Nigeria
Hellen is working under the Literacy Impact Kenya initiative to enable children in Kajiado County access educational materials on a Pick-and-Go basis. This has ensured children who are in their final year of secondary school continue studying for their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination to be undertaken when schools reopen.
Hellen - Kenya
Rabi Ibrahim, from Nigeria, is a #WLFambassador who is running classes in small groups to keep social distancing, he is following the schools’ curriculum to develop students writing and reading skills.
Rabi - Nigeria
Say hi to Adamu! Our #WLFambassador in Nigeria has organized different advocacy activities at the Kwara State Library, Ilorin to impact librarians, students, and members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). He has spoken up for literacy and spread the word about the important role of librarians in eradicating illiteracy in society.
Adamu - Nigeria
Doha, our #WLFAmbassador from Jordan, organized reading sessions with kids to raise awareness of reading in her community during the International Literacy Day.
Doha - Jordan
She is Ana Paula from Brazil! Our #WLF Ambassador decided to dedicate a couple hours of her week to teach FREE online English classes during the Coronavirus crisis. She thinks learning a second language should be considered a human right too.
Ana Paula - Brazil
Nathalie from South Africa organized a donation of educational toys to develop and enhance literacy skills in children 4-7 years old at schools and daycare centers in disadvantaged areas.
Nathalie - South Africa
Marero Duo, a #WLFAmbassador from Kenya, celebrated #ILD20 by giving a speech to Compassion International Kids about the role of literacy in their lives and encouraged them to continue reading during the schools’ lockdown.
Marero - Kenya
Afeez Saka, a #WLFambassador located in Osun State, Nigeria, launched his initiative LACED Africa (Literacy for African Child Education and Development) and partnered with Dainty, another WLF ambassador, to celebrate #ILD20 with children.
Afeez & Dainty - Nigeria
Dennis Kromah from Liberia organized an event to celebrate International Literacy Day with his community and gave an inspirational speech to 50 people to advocate for literacy as a human right.
Dennis - Liberia
Moses, Faith, Harry, and Faith joined efforts to celebrated #ILD20 at the Bridge of Hope Children’s home in Kenya. They conducted different literacy-based activities like read-aloud, arithmetic challenges, spelling competitions, and more.
Moses, Faith, Harry & Faith - Kenya
Rajesh in Pakistan conducted different activities with teachers and students to raise awareness about literacy in Pakistan after the schools’ reopening. Students were very excited and made posters related to literacy.
Rajesh - Pakistan
Our #WLFambassador Francis Yanchira donated some books and held a reading session with kids in the Ahafo-Ano North, Ghana, to celebrate #ILD20. She is now working in collaboration with the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC) to help these kids learn to read and write.
Francis - Ghana
Alana from Los Angeles shared her story. “When schools closed, I became concerned about literacy and education inequity, so I founded www.bookwormglobal.com. I’ve donated +5000 books since March with the support of other volunteers who have helped me collect and distribute the books. Most recently, we donated about 2000 books to ‘Para Los Ninos’ -a school for children who live below the poverty line” -Alana Weisberg
Alana - United States
Ibrahim Baba, #WLFambassador from Nigeria, is running weekend classes to develop students writing and reading skills and educate them on mathematics, English, science, computers and to improve their self-development while schools remain closed.
Brahim - Nigeria
Rafiu Olaore, #WLFambassador in Nigeria, distributed 1,000 notebooks to 200 underprivileged students in Nawarudeen Primary School to celebrate International Literacy Day. During the celebration, he gave a speech to encourage parents to continue children’s education. The event was covered on television and radio.
Rafiu - Nigeria