Discover our database of the best inspiring articles from around the world about the challenge of illiteracy and the opportunities that literacy creates.

Literacy articles

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.

Read to Kids Pilot Program Reaches 200,000 Households

Read to Kids wins the mBillionth Award and Celebrates a Milestone

Two years ago, as part of Project Literacy, Pearson and Worldreader joined forces to try something unprecedented: using mobile phones to get entire communities to read with their kids. We set the ambitious goal of reaching 200,000 families in and aro...

Herman's Story

A Father's Perspective on Literacy: "It's Like Being Able to See"

Herman spent most of his life unable to read or write, having dropped out of school at a young age due to difficulties concentrating at school. For 35 years, he struggled with daily tasks such as reading the mail and understanding written street sign...

Thank you mum

One More Reason to Thank Your Mom

This Mother’s Day consumers will spend a whopping $2.5 billion buying cards for moms [1]. Some of us will write heart felt messages of gratitude, some humorous words of thanks, and others will write them right at the last minute, because they’ve forg...

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 ...