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.

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 ...

Visual cues help many people to understand the world in a way they cannot process with words alone.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

What is a word? It may seem like a simple question with an easy, dictionary definition answer: “an element of speech or writing.” However, some world travelers and communication experts believe words extend beyond the literal and into the realm of ...

A visual representation of the workshop experience by Eleanor Beer

Project Literacy Partners Gather for London Workshop

This month we invited Project Literacy partners to a workshop in London to meet face-to-face and share their experiences and expertise with each other, with the aim of strengthening the coalition of (more than 80) partners who are helping to drive ...

The Big Issue founder became a crossbench peer and says he has gone from being part of the problem to part of the solution

"Close Libraries and You'll Be Forced To Build More Prisons"

Lord Bird was speaking during a House of Lords debate on the the damage of illiteracy across Britain and the crisis facing public libraries and independent bookshops. "I am here to talk about poverty,” Bird told the chamber. "The poverty of the ...