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.

The aedes aegypti mosquito carries both yellow fever and dengue. Credit: Flickr user Sanofi Pasteur (cc).

The Best Bet For Stopping Outbreaks Isn’t Just A Vaccine

In a series of events and missteps that are starkly reminiscent of the beginnings of the ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, Angola is now grappling with a worrying outbreak of yellow fever, the worst in three decades, which is spreading like wild...

About 85 percent of confirmed sex trafficking victims are U.S. citizens, mostly runaway children.

How A Love Of Reading Helped This Woman Go From Homeless to Harvard

It’s difficult not to be dazzled by the accomplishments of Connie Chung. The 38-year-old is a published author with a bachelor’s degree from UC-Berkeley and three graduate degrees from Harvard—two master’s and a doctorate of education. Given her ac...

Image courtesy of the Veerni Project.

Here’s What Happens When Child Brides Go to School

Shanno*, a chirpy 15-year-old 10th grader, is nervous about her upcoming board examination. If she does well, she’ll be on her way to fulfilling her dream of becoming a bank manager one day. But just a few years ago, Shanno would never have pres...

Workers at Abay Health Center in Ethiopia explain the information and procedures necessary for an accurate diagnosis. Image via (cc) Flickr user UNICEF Ethiopia. ©UNICEF Ethiopia/2013/Sewunet

The Surprising Reason Some Teens Don’t Know Enough About Sex Ed

When you don’t have access to high-quality sex education, learning about sexual health becomes like a game of telephone: Facts get distorted, passing misconceptions from person to person. Low levels of literacy and poor education skills j...

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Inside the Fight for Free, Healthy School Food

You know what they say: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Recent research suggests that breakfast can help children concentrate, improve their memory, and succeed at school. But for many families, breakfast is a tall order. In develo...

How Nutrition Programs Can Improve Literacy in Afghanistan

Education is a top priority in postwar Afghanistan. Since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, the Afghan government and international partners have been working hard to open schools and raise student enrollment rates, especially among girls. Millions ...