International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day

During this global crisis

Literacy Can't Wait

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People with no or low literacy skills, who already face multiple disadvantages in their daily lives, have also had limited access to health and preventive information about the coronavirus and online learning opportunities to continue their education. The COVID-19 crisis has shed light on the unpreparedness of infrastructure, education systems, programs, and people for ensuring the continuity of teaching and learning in such a situation.

During this global crisis How can teaching and learning be reimagined in times of COVID-19 and beyond?

The crisis from the educator’s perspective

Teachers play a crucial role in reimagining successful teaching and learning strategies to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Therefore, the teacher’s skills, working conditions, and teaching methodologies require our support.

Due to school closures, educators are facing shortages and unfair changes to their working conditions. Many teachers who were on unstable contracts or working in the non-formal sector are at risk of losing their only income.

Sometimes, this role is performed by volunteers or people with a secondary level of education who have limited capacities for their work. Educators require ongoing service training and support to develop their teaching skills and resilience to manage remote teaching during the COVID-19 crisis.

Many educators face multiple disadvantages to performing their invaluable work. Inappropriate teaching facilities, lack of learning materials, and poor working conditions are the most common.

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Action means everything

On International Literacy Day 2020, we make a call to policy-makers, advocates, teachers, families, and students to join forces and take action. It is a common responsibility to ensure children keep learning during and after this global crisis.

Covid-19 Appeal

The COVID-19 global crisis is having a significative impact on the education of thousands of children across the world. We are working to increase our capacity and response to provide children with the learning resources needed to continue their education – but we can’t do it without you!


Your donation today will go to where it’s needed most.

Children’s education requires, now more than ever, free access to quality educational resources and technology. In fact, the world needs to adopt a more inclusive learning system.

The World Literacy Foundation is working day by day to reach children in remote communities with quality educational resources to enhance their literacy skills. Learn more about our EdTech initiatives: Sun Books, Dingo, and Indigenous Learning App.

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Read some stories from our community…

Say hi to Astou! Our #WLFAmbassador from Senegal has started a library in her community to encourage children, young people, and adults to continue learning during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Martha, our #WLFAmbassador in Nigeria, shared with us a picture of the recent books and literacy resources distribution in her community to encourage 50+ children to continue their literacy development.

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Judith, an educator from Nigeria is working on low-income and remote communities in Abeokuta to educate children who are struggling to read and write. Her close relationship with parents has been fundamental to keep children learning during this global crisis.

Judith - Nigeria