The Power of Words

The Power of Words

Project Literacy is a global campaign dedicated to building partnerships and driving action that brings the power of words to the world by 2030.



Nearly every challenge humanity faces can be linked to Literacy

Nearly every development challenge humanity faces can be linked to illiteracy

The Alphabet of Illiteracy presents a body of evidence highlighting these linkages through powerful imagery and offers ways for all of us to get involved.

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Project Literacy Articles

  • listing-overlayStudents like using Guten so much that they have even created its own verb in Portuguese to describe the act of reading Guten. Photo from Guten

    Creating a New Generation of Readers in Brazil

    Literacy in Brazil is a major problem. Of the 28 million students enrolled, 50 percent of students scored below the basic proficiency level in the 2012 PISA international assessment tests, and according to the Instituto Paulo Montenegro, 27 percent...

  • listing-overlayUsing a combination of signs and symbols on an iPad, MyChoicePad, an interactive app is helping people with learning disabilities to communicate.

    This Tablet App Helps Those With Learning Disabilities Communicate Better

    When Steve Jobs announced the launch of the iPad in 2010, some saw it as a fun gadget and nothing more. Yet for Zoe Peden and Andrew Jackman, Co-Founders of Insane Logic, the unique size of the iPad presented a business opportunity with vast potent...

  • listing-overlayA digital startup aims to provide all Africans with access to reliable, relevant, and inspiring content that is both entertaining and educational.

    Tackling Digital Illiteracy in Africa with a Cloud in a Box

    Digital literacy is the 21st century layer to the essential human capability of communication. It’s defined as the ability to use digital technology, communication tools, or networks to locate, evaluate, use, and create information. This could mean...

  • listing-overlayRead On Get On: A New, Consistent Measure of Children's Reading

    Read On Get On: A New, Consistent Measure of Children's Reading

    This summer’s SATs results showed that the number of 11-year-olds reading at the level expected for their age dropped sharply from 80% in 2015 to 66% in 2016. Many schools and parents were left feeling that the results did not reflect the progress ...

  • listing-overlaySunCulture helps East African farmers to improve crop yields, conserve water and afford to provide education to their children.

    When Smallholder Farmers Succeed, Their Kids Go to School

    Of the three billion people who live in rural areas in developing countries, two-thirds earn their livelihoods by farming small, one- to two-acre plots. Most of them live in poverty. In Kenya, even though smallholder farmers produce 63 perc...

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We have teamed up with GOOD Magazine to report on the issue of illiteracy from a wide-range of perspectives - from a brothel in India to the streets of Los Angeles. In 2015 alone we reached more than 61 million people through these stories online.

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