Literacy is transformative: it increases earning potential, decreases inequality, improves health outcomes and breaks the cycle of poverty (UNESCO). Yet there are 740 million illiterate people in the world and 250 million children of primary school age who lack basic reading and writing skills (UNESCO).
Worldreader is on a mission to create a world where everyone is a reader. Students in our e-reader programs improved 94% in mother tongue oral reading fluency after just 5 months, and girls in our program improved twice as fast in oral reading fluency as girls in neighboring schools, closing an existing gender gap. Reading on Worldreader' reading apps is particularly popular with women, who spend on average 207 minutes reading per month, compared to 32 minutes for men (UNESCO).
Through our efforts and our partnerships with device manufacturers, mobile operators, teachers, governments, and the communities where we work, Worldreader is working towards a world in which every child and her family have the books they need to improve their lives, the practice of reading is commonplace, and where illiteracy is a thing of the past.