Literacy Boost


An avid reader, Regatu Haji, a World Vision sponsored child in Ethiopia, picks out one of her favorite story books.

Reading and writing are important to Regatu. So much so that she and her friends read to younger children and help them to practice their language skills as part of World Vision’s Literacy Boost program.

In 2011, World Vision, in partnership with Save the Children, began implementing Literacy Boost in selected development programs in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Malawi. The phenomenal success of the program in improving children’s literacy has prompted World Vision to expand into other countries in Africa and South Asia.

The program bolsters literacy skills by providing training to teachers, conducting regular assessments of children’s literacy skills, and mobilizing parents and communities to support children as they learn to read through fun, out-of-school activities.

In Ethiopia, after only six months of Literacy Boost interventions, 35 percent of students became new readers, compared to 19 percent in other schools.

Photo©2015 Feleseta Kassaye/World Vision


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