Making Progress Toward a More Literate World

Literacy is the foundation of all learning, and it is a human right. Each year on September 8th, the world commemorates International Literacy Day to ensure we are making progress towards a future where everyone can read and write, and use those building blocks for lifelong learning.

Right now, at least 771 million people lack basic literacy skills. Nearly 24 million students – 11 million of which are girls and young women – might never return to school. Supporting these individuals to continue learning requires integrated, sustainable solutions. 

These resources show how engaging communities, providing alternative education pathways, leveraging educational technology, and making learning accessible can promote literacy for all.


Test your knowledge

Globally, the youth literacy rate increased from 87% in 2000 to ___ in 2020


Young women still have a literacy rate __ percentage points lower than young men