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Some of these articles are original contributions by the Project Literacy team, some are contributions from partners, and some are curated from the Web, but all are going to teach you something new and different about the power of words. Enjoy browsing and remember to come back regularly to check for new additions.

Students 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...

    A 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...

      Read 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 ...

        SunCulture 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...

          Giving 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...

            Edom 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...

              Dan Freedman is the author of the Jamie Johnson series.

              How to Get Reluctant Readers Started

              Dan Freedman is the author of the Jamie Johnson series. He has visited over 1,000 schools to talk to pupils about books, reading and Going For Your Goals. Here Dan tells us what he's learned about helping students that are reluctant to and read wha...

                A new platform is helping teach children to think critically, question arguments and develop their own opinions

                Closing the Achievement Gap by Making Teachers Superheroes

                By 2020, the United States economy will support 123 million high-skilled and high-wage jobs, yet only 50 million people will be qualified to fill those roles. Such a vast skills gap is a product of the achievement gap in the country, define...

                  Instead of spending hours watching daytime television, this inmate comletes an educational lesson on an Edovo tablet. Photo courtesy of Edovo

                  Transforming the U.S. Prison System, One Tablet at a Time

                  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...

                    Children from one of First Book's literacy programs show some of the books they've been enjoying

                    #ReadUp: A Call-to-Action for Education and Literacy

                    First Book and Pearson, the world’s learning company, are encouraging America to #ReadUp as part of their campaign dedicated to raising the importance of literacy in the week leading up to Election Day. The campaign will unlock funds for new books ...