Through the Every Last One campaign, our goal in 2016 was to deliver educational interventions, books and training for 1 million children, young adults, parents and teachers by 2022. By the power of God and the support of our donors and partners, we exceeded our goal — reaching more than 1.1 million people!
Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Yet in 2019, 100 million youths worldwide were illiterate.
Development professionals agree that without education, it’s almost impossible to break the cycle of poverty. Education is at the very heart of sustainable development.
When children fall behind in literacy skills, it’s very difficult for them to succeed in school.
According to the United Nations, “The learning crisis not only threatens an individual’s ability to climb out of poverty, it also jeopardizes the economic future of entire nations as they struggle to compete in a global marketplace with less-than-skilled human resources.”
We equip children to flourish through quality education, immersing students in words while enhancing community structures that foster learning.
World Vision’s award-winning Unlock Literacy program empowers parents and children to value education and its life-changing potential.
We establish afterschool reading camps with trained volunteers and age-appropriate books for children to take home, empower parents to learn along with their children, and equip primary school teachers with quality training and resources.
Unlock Literacy works. For example, after one year of participating in the program in Burundi, girls increased their reading comprehension by 31%. After one year in Ethiopia, literacy measures for students in the program were twice as high as those of their peers.
The key strategies of World Vision's award-winning Unlock Literacy program—equipping teachers, empowering parents, and establishing reading camps—help students walk confidently out of classroom doors and onto the path out of poverty, bringing their whole community with them.
Rwanda’s national strategy is helping children succeed: 97% of elementary-aged children enroll in classes, and over the past five years the country’s dropout rate has decreased from 14% to 5.6%. Our plan to support this momentum builds on Rwanda’s own assistance for students using Unlock Literacy. In Nepal, only 7% of students could read and comprehend a written passage before the program, 51% could do so after.
23,161 parents empowered to support their children’s literacy acquisition.
With the Measuring Evidence of Quality Achieved (MEQA) tool, provided feedback to teachers in 97 classrooms and facilitators at 103 reading camps, identifying their strengths, challenges, and areas for improvement.
1,806 facilitators trained to lead reading camps for students.
193 teachers coached to improve literacy instruction.
More than 51,000 Rwandan children learn to read and receive greater support from their teachers, families, and communities in 2022.
We are blessed to partner with hundreds of Christian philanthropists and couldn’t do this work without them. And we’re able to reach more people because of our highly collaborative local and global partnerships within private and public sectors.
"I believe God can make a way when there is no way. Reading was the way God brought me to where I am now. And I want to share the transformative power of reading with every student."
“From better health to increased wealth, education is the catalyst of a better future for millions of children, youth, and adults. No country has ever climbed the socioeconomic development ladder without steady investments in education.”