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.

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 ...

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How Literacy Is Taking People From Poverty to Pension

To meet Arthur Welch today, one might assume the 54-year-old bus driver has lived an ordinary life. But only recently did the veteran start putting together the pieces that make it “ordinary”—earlier this year Welch had a suspended license and no j...

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Here’s What Happens When People Don’t Understand Their Doctor

The young woman who doesn’t know that the antibiotics she is taking for a common infection reduce the effectiveness of her birth control pill and necessitate a second form of contraception.  The elderly man who avoids going to the doctor altog...