International Literacy Day


Children can’t escape poverty if they don’t know how to read.

The United Nations reports that 617 million children and adolescents are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics. This means they’re not qualified for the better-paying jobs they need to leave poverty behind.

To celebrate International Literacy Day, we’re sharing Rita’s story. Despite enormous hurdles including learning setbacks due to the pandemic, this Zambian youth’s newfound literacy skills are blazing a path for her future.

Thanks to your support, children and youth like Rita are receiving the educational support they need to read, write and reimagine their potential.

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    Sep 8, 2021

    Very touching. It's inspiring to see how interested in learning she is. Is there a way to take advantage/optimize the learning experience for large classroom sizes?

    Sep 9, 2021

    Sometimes I cry when I absorb that a significant percentage of the 22 children/youths I sponsor struggle, indeed, cannot easily read and write. That is one of the reasons I resolutely support Children International -- CI works passionately and wisely to bring fluency and efficacy to poverty-challenged children and youths.

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