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Literacy programs for young girls

“Investing in girls’ education is the very best thing we can do, not just for our daughters and granddaughters, but for their families, their communities, and their countries.”

Michelle Obama

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girl learns to read and write for a year

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The issue

Literacy and poverty are inextricably linked, with children in the most disadvantaged areas of the world often working instead of attending school to help their families. This fate most often falls to girls. Knowing how to read makes girls safer, healthier and more self-sufficient. With an education, they are more likely to build a smaller and healthier family and earn a higher wage. They are also more likely to marry later and educate their own children, ending the cycle of illiteracy in one generation.

With close to two in every five children in the developing world completing primary school without having learnt how to read or write, there is boundless opportunity to help.

Less than 40%

of countries provide girls and boys equal access to education


girls of primary-school age will never enter a classroom

What we support

We know female illiteracy is a complex challenge that has deep roots in each communities’ cultural, religious and societal norms, and that tackling this complex problem requires persistence, long term funding, sustainable relationships and deep community engagement. This is why we partner with Room to Read and focus on deep, systemic transformation within schools.

In addition to giving girls the tools to improve their lives, we hope they experience pure enjoyment too as they gain access to all the worlds within books, and all the opportunities, joy, hope and connection that literacy provides.

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Together we can reduce illiteracy around the world

Our partner on this journey

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