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  • Reading Village

    It will also be interesting to see how literacy efforts around the world expand to include English literacy or computer literacy, etc. Reading and writing is just the first step towards unlocking a world of possibility. Has anybody seen any research on how English literacy affects future income?

  • Reading Village

    I work for Reading Village (, and just when we think that we understand the enormity of illiteracy's burden, another statistic like this comes out. Thank you for sharing this, for reminding us how important it is to keep doing what we're doing.

  • Mary Slosson

    Really stark gender contrast highlighted in this article: nearly two-thirds (!!) of adult women worldwide cannot read. Empowering women and girls through long-term education can close that gap, and also have a positive butterfly effect on other problems like health and economic empowerment. There are some awesome education projects for women and girls across the globe here:

  • Sharon Lipinski

    Even a little bit of literacy has been shown to improve a person's income. There's a lot of great work being done to reach and teach children all over the world, and I hope these statistics will be much better in a few years.