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.

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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-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 ...

  • 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...

  • listing-overlayGiving Tuesday

    Tackling Gender Inequality on #GivingTuesday

    Giving Tuesday is an international day of giving that encourages people to think charitably before the Christmas season starts. To help celebrate Giving Tuesday, Project Literacy has collaborated with artist Jasenko Đorđević to create a series of p...

  • listing-overlayEdom is fortified with leaves from the Moringa tree, native to the region and naturally rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Iron. Photo courtesy of Edom Nutritional Solutions.

    Micronutrient Intervention Keeps Kenyan Kids in School

    As part of Project Literacy's aim to help innovate and provide new solutions for tackling illiteracy, we're working with 16 entrepreneurial organizations from around the world that are taking innovative approaches to helping improve literacy as par...

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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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