World Book Day

World Book Day

April 23, UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day, "is an opportunity to recognise the power of books to change our lives for the better and to support books and those who produce them."

Developing literacy skills in the early years is crucial to a child’s success in school and later in life. World Vision works with communities and families to ensure that children – including the most vulnerable – have access to an abundance of reading materials in order to become fluent readers who understand what they read.

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The facts: reading matters

  • If all students in low income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty, which would be equivalent to a 12% cut in world poverty.[1]
  • Globally, one year of school increases earnings by 10% on average.[2]
  • If all women completed primary education, there would be 66% fewer maternal deaths.[3]


[1] UNESCO Global Monitoring Report 2013/2014 pg. 18

[2] Ibid

[3] Ibid, pg. 15