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.


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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...