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.
Learn more about how we create books for children
- Visit the Creating Teaching and Learning Materials web page
- Access the quick guide: World Vision's Approach to Teaching and Learning Materials
- Reading Buddies help children learn to read through friendship
- Where are they now? Literacy Boost students in Burundi continue to improve their reading skills
- Literacy Boost gets children back to school in India
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.
- Globally, one year of school increases earnings by 10% on average.
- If all women completed primary education, there would be 66% fewer maternal deaths.
______________________________ UNESCO Global Monitoring Report 2013/2014 pg. 18
 Ibid, pg. 15