World Literacy Foundation

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World Literacy Foundation
The logo of the World Literacy Foundation.png
FounderAndrew Kay, CEO
TypeNot-for-profit organisation
Educational organisation
FocusLiteracy, Education
Children's rights
MethodLiteracy-based projects
Key people
Dr Anthony Cree OAM, Chairman

The World Literacy Foundation (WLF) is a global not-for-profit that works to lift young people out of poverty through the power of literacy. Founded in Melbourne, Australia in 2003, the World Literacy Foundation operates on the principle that education is a basic human right, and through the promotion of literacy and the provision of educational resources, aims to eradicate global illiteracy. CEO and founder Andrew Kay is a futurist, he believes that new technologies will change the literacy landscape in the next five years[1].


Since its establishment in 2003, the World Literacy Foundation has grown to align with the needs of an evolving education sector. The WLF has worked towards forging partnerships with other leading educational and related not-for-profit organisations, and has built long-lasting relationships within communities around the world.

The WLF significantly dedicates its time and resources to conducting research, and uses resulting information to help advocate in local communities as well as on a global scale. It mobilise communities through passionate volunteers, and seeks to give individuals a voice so that they can also act as advocates for literacy within their own communities. The WLF believes that raising community awareness is vital to the improvement of literacy standards.

The WLF annually monitors a range of indicators in the education area and prepares a report on economic and social cost of illiteracy. In 2012, the WLF compiled a report which focuses on the economic and social cost of illiteracy in the United Kingdom. The research was devoted to economic and social cost of illiteracy in the country.[2] It stated that one in five of the UK population is functionally illiterate and this rate costs the national economy 81 billion pounds a year in lost earnings and high welfare spending.

The WLF convened the World Literacy Summit at Oxford University (UK) in April 2012 to stimulate co-operation in the global literacy sector in order to support 796 million illiterate people in developed and developing worlds. The list of invited delegates included about 300 leaders in the fields of government, development, literacy and academic sectors.[3] The Oxford Declaration became the resulting document of this event; it was designed to combine efforts of government, business, non-governmental organizations and educational institutions to promote literacy worldwide.[4]

Community projects[edit]

The World Literacy Foundation's projects are aimed at raising global literacy rates and teaching standards. The WLF volunteers and partner communities have worked in Azerbaijan, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Colombia, Mozambique, Uganda, and other developing countries to provide access to quality education and learning resources to disadvantaged communities.

International Literacy Day campaign[edit]

In 1965, UNESCO declared September 8 to be International Literacy Day. On September 8, 2016, The World Literacy Foundation introduced the campaign called “"The Sky’'s The Limit”" which provides a digital platform for the students in developing world to eliminate the digital divide and increase student engagement.[5][6]


  1. ^ "The World Literacy Foundation - Who We Are". World Literacy Foundation. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  2. ^ Davis, Anna (25 January 2012). "Cost of illiteracy to UK 'tops £81bn each year'". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  3. ^ Lukic, David (9 February 2012). "Oxford to host World Literacy Summit". Cherwell. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  4. ^ Claire Provost (3 April 2012). "You can't put a price-tag on literacy". Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  5. ^ "International Literacy Day quiz: Can you ace these questions?". Metro. 2016-09-08. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
  6. ^ "The 8th of September is International Literacy Day | Rosebank Killarney Gazette". Rosebank Killarney Gazette. 2016-09-08. Retrieved 2018-11-06.

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