Around 1 in 5 people are completely illiterate. Additionally, around 3 billion people around the world struggle with basic level reading and writing (World Literacy Foundation [WLF], 2018). This has significant economic, social, and health impacts at both an individual and societal level.

The World Literacy Foundation (2018) reported that illiteracy and low levels of literacy have estimated to cost the global economy approximately £800 billion annually. Specifically, in the UK, illiteracy costs their economy around £80 billion in 2018 due to costs associated with welfare, unemployment, and social programs, as well as reduced government tax revenue and productivity.


When Jody first visited an internally displaced people (IDP) camp in Northern Uganda, her initial reaction was one of disarray —

“There was considerable poverty and no farms for work; life was a struggle, both emotionally and physically, and access to education was nonexistent. I remember watching with a sense of awe and inspiration as some of the more educated adults attempted to teach something, anything to the children underneath the mango trees.”

In 1997, amidst a period of political unrest, the Ugandan government enacted a national policy to give all children free access to education. A dream for many…

World Literacy Foundation

The World Literacy Foundation strives to ensure every child has the right to acquire literacy skills to reach their full potential at school and beyond.

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