Discover our database of the best inspiring articles from around the world about the challenge of illiteracy and the opportunities that literacy creates.

Literacy articles

Some of these articles are original contributions by the Project Literacy team, some are contributions from partners, and some are curated from the Web, but all are going to teach you something new and different about the power of words. Enjoy browsing and remember to come back regularly to check for new additions.

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What it takes to end FGM

Illiteracy fuels the ignorance that allows Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to endure. At least 200 million girls have undergone FGM globally. Ann-Marie Wilson, 28 Too Many’s founder, explains what can be done to end the practice for good...

Traditional school buildings are being redesigned and reimagined to foster student learning. Photo of Alamo Elementary School, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Want To Keep More Kids In School? Design A Smarter Classroom

At Codman Academy Charter Public School in Dorchester, Massachusetts, students from kindergarten on up struggle with trauma caused by homelessness, violence, or emotional or sexual abuse. Three quarters of the student body qualify for ...

The aedes aegypti mosquito carries both yellow fever and dengue. Credit: Flickr user Sanofi Pasteur (cc).

The Best Bet For Stopping Outbreaks Isn’t Just A Vaccine

In a series of events and missteps that are starkly reminiscent of the beginnings of the ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, Angola is now grappling with a worrying outbreak of yellow fever, the worst in three decades, which is spreading like wild...

About 85 percent of confirmed sex trafficking victims are U.S. citizens, mostly runaway children.

How A Love Of Reading Helped This Woman Go From Homeless to Harvard

It’s difficult not to be dazzled by the accomplishments of Connie Chung. The 38-year-old is a published author with a bachelor’s degree from UC-Berkeley and three graduate degrees from Harvard—two master’s and a doctorate of education. Given her ac...

Image courtesy of the Veerni Project.

Here’s What Happens When Child Brides Go to School

Shanno*, a chirpy 15-year-old 10th grader, is nervous about her upcoming board examination. If she does well, she’ll be on her way to fulfilling her dream of becoming a bank manager one day. But just a few years ago, Shanno would never have pres...