Read On!


Seble and her grandfather, Gebrehana, sit in the reading corner they made together in her home in Ethiopia.

From 2000 to 2014, the global literacy rate of youth ages 15 to 24 increased to 91 percent, according to UNESCO, the U.N.’s education agency. That’s great news.

However, youth in South Asia lag behind, with 84 percent literate. In sub-Saharan Africa, only 71 percent of youth are readers. For young women, the percentage of readers is even lower: 66 percent.

Ten-year-old Seble, who lives in the Angolela Tera region of Ethiopia, won’t be among the girls who miss out on reading and education.

Seble and her grandfather, Gebrehana, made a reading corner with a small desk and a bench for her to sit on while doing homework or silent reading. Her books hang on a line strung between two walls that are decorated with crafts she made at her reading club.

Gebrehana says Seble’s reading level has improved since she attended a reading camp. “Now she’s performing better at school,” he says. “I also help her practice reading at home.”

Photo©2015 World Vision, Max Greenstein

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