September 8 is UNESCO’s International Literacy Day, which recognises literacy as a human right and the cornerstone for development.
An estimated 258 million children were already out of school before COVID-19 exacerbated these challenges and left millions more children without access to quality education and a safe learning environment. Even those who do go back will struggle; an estimated 100 million children have fallen behind in literacy due to COVID-19.
In order to reach Sustainable Development Goal 4 and “ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning,” global leaders must refocus on the role of education in poverty reduction. We must ensure that children are not only in school but are learning when they get there.
Literacy unlocks human potential and is the cornerstone of development. It leads to better health, better employment opportunities, and safer and more stable societies. Developing literacy skills in the early years is crucial to a child’s success in school and later in life.
World Vision works with: education authorities, teachers, communities and families to ensure that children – including the most vulnerable – access quality education and achieve functional levels of literacy through our Unlock Literacy programme.
- Unlocking Literacy - View step by step “bringing to life” elements of teacher instruction to support master trainers literacy, displaying techniques in a classroom setting.
Measuring Evidence of Quality Achieved (MEQA)- MEQA is a digital coaching & monitoring system designed specifically for the Education project models. View a short synopsis on the mechanisms of MEQA.
Keeping Literacy Alive in COVID times
- WV Peru - Watch what a difference a delivery of books made to a rural village in Peru. View how it was possible for little girl to use Whatsapp to keep her education hopes going.
- WV Albania - Read the "The journal of the assistant teacher in the Development Centre, Kamza".
- WV Philippines - Check out some "useful tips to help with long distance learning"
- Ghana - Read how 8 year old Nhyira overcame learning difficulties to amaze the audience at a reading festival
- Remedial Education Handbook - find out how to support children back on track specifically in Arabic, Literacy and Maths - Arabic | English.
- Playful Parenting Booklets - Ideas for parents and caregivers to support their young child's physical, cognitive and social-emotional development, divided into helpful sections based on a young child's developmental milestones.
- Toy Guide for Early Childhood Development - Ideas to promote fun into - literacy, numeracy, physical, and socio-emotional development.
Did you know? During the COVID-19 pandemic World Vision provided ...
- 2,108,620 children, parents and caregivers with education support or training
- 1,551,744 Educational materials provided to enable or support remote learning during the COVID outbreak
- 64,594 teachers with education training and support
(Statistics as of August 2021)
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