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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.

Learning to read in a secondary language can be a disorienting experience

International Mother Tongue Language Day

This blog was written by Tanyella Evans, Co-Founder and CEO of Project Literacy Partner Library For All to celebrate International Mother Tongue Language Day – February 21, 2017.  Today is International Mother Tongue Language Day. Ta...

Image credit: UNHCR / Tanya Habjouqa

Worldreader Expands Its ‘Read To Kids’ Program

Children are the most vulnerable victims of the Syrian Refugee crisis. And while host countries like Jordan are taking generous measures to improve access to education for these children, many are at risk of being left behind. Every child should...

How can technology solutions be more inclusive, accessible and usable?

Project Literacy Partners with UNESCO to improve tech literacy

UNESCO, in partnership with Project Literacy, is seeking innovative and existing digital solutions to help include low-skilled, low-literate youth and adults in the information society and improve their livelihoods. In the digital age, more than...

Stand up for the millions who face systemic barriers to literacy

World Read Aloud Day - February 16th

We believe that literacy is not a gift given just to some lucky ones, it is a foundational human right that brings joy, independence, gender equity and a pathway out of poverty. Everyone should have it. This is the idea that fueled the creation ...

National Literacy Trust provides tips to parents to develop children's reading skills

How To Encourage Kids To Read & Write Every Day

Helping a child to develop their reading skills and love literacy is a real challenge, but it’s also one of the biggest and most rewarding responsibilities of parents. Reading opens a child’s eyes to the world around them, opens their imagination to ...

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...