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Philadelphia Tackles Literacy Crisis With Innovative Program

XPRIZE | Posted 11.05.2015 | Education

Five years ago, more than half a million adults in Philadelphia lacked basic literacy and work skills, imperiling their ability to land jobs and climb out of poverty, the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board reported.

Read Across the Globe Day: Children Worldwide Will be Given the Gift of Reading

Mia Toschi | Posted 10.01.2015 | Education
Mia Toschi

Ida lives in a New Jersey suburb just ten miles west of New York City. She's 62 years old, has kept the same job in a factory for twenty-nine years and lives in the home where she grew up and raised her family. But for years, she has lived with a secret that not even those closest to her knew: Ida cannot read.

The Invisible Crisis That We Can No Longer Ignore

Kate James | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Kate James

The curse of illiteracy is that it is largely invisible. But its impact is global and devastating. If you see inequality and poverty, you're seeing the impact of illiteracy.

They Did Not Know How to Spell Their Names

Zaheen Fatima | Posted 09.16.2015 | World
Zaheen Fatima

When I finished writing, I motioned for them to do the same. They all looked down, but made no move to follow suit. It was only after some time had passed that one of them spoke: "We don't know how to." For the first time in my life, I was left speechless.

Solve Literacy, Digital Literacy Will Follow

Brij Kothari | Posted 08.28.2015 | Education
Brij Kothari

September 8 is International Literacy Day. Even though Google's recent restructuring has nothing to do with literacy, it is a curious fact that the parent company that Larry Page and Sergey Brin created, is called, Alphabet. As Larry wrote in his blog, speaking for Sergey and himself:

Literacy Changes Lives

XPRIZE | Posted 07.07.2015 | Education

Most people would be shocked to learn that 36 million Americans lack basic literacy skills. The ability to read allows a person to unlock a world of possibilities.

Saluting Barbara Bush and the Points of Light Fighting to End Illiteracy

Tracy Hoover | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Former First Lady Barbara Bush "vowed to make a difference every single day," as granddaughter and TODAY show correspondent Jenna Bush Hager told viewers this morning.

This 11 Year Old Child Will Never Again Say, "I Can't Read."

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 05.01.2015 | Good News
Arlene Nisson Lassin

It is Teacher Appreciation Week from May 4 through May 8. I was a reading specialist a long time ago, but wrote about this miraculous experience shortly after it happened.

Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid to Talk About Finance

Nourish International | Posted 05.13.2015 | Money
Nourish International

Many who look to understand the incredible wealth gap are quickly lost in the exclusive language of finance. When it comes to the inner workings of financial institutions, the rise and fall of markets, the tangled web of international debt, or even just our own personal finances, most of us are lost. In short, we are financially illiterate.

Making A Difference: The World of Giving - Authors, Books, Reading and Literacy

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

What are you reading? What was the last book you read? These are two of my favorite questions to ask in order to jump start a conversation with an old friend or a new acquaintance.

Why You May Care More About Education Than You Realize

Skoll Foundation | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

We recently made a short video with a cheeky challenge: DO NOT READ THIS. The idea was to force people to think about how integral literacy is to their daily lives since it is a skill most of us (reading this sentence right now) take for granted.

How to Save a Girl's Life With the Power of Literacy

Pam Allyn | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Pam Allyn

It is about cultivating a love of reading, writing and learning. It is about finding new layers of meaning in our lives through the stories we read, and the stories we tell about our experiences.

Informing The World's Illiterate Through A Mobile Device

Joseph Agoada | Posted 09.19.2014 | Impact
Joseph Agoada

Imagine if you picked up your phone, had an important text message from a doctor concerning your health, but you couldn't ready what the message said.

For These Are All Our Girls

Pam Allyn | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Pam Allyn

The kidnapping of the Nigerian schoolgirls is a crisis of our humanity. What will become of us if half of humanity is not fully safe, empowered and free? We will all perish. Let us begin to repair the world today.

It All Comes Back to the Reading Gap

Patrick Corvington | Posted 07.01.2014 | Education
Patrick Corvington

President Obama shared a statistic that took my breath away: 86 percent of African American boys can't read proficiently in fourth grade, compared to 58 percent of white peers.

Faith Healers Can Be Con Artists in Disguise

Mariam Khan | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Mariam Khan

If, and only if, education becomes common for all and not only restricted for the middle and upper strata of the society can this hideous ill of fake faith healers, who simply fool the people by playing with their psyche, be eradicated.

Fighting Illiteracy and Digital Exclusion: Five Proven Solutions

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.19.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Literacy is a fundamental human right, one that opens doors to other rights, to empowerment and to integration.

Read Aloud. Change the World.

Pam Allyn | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Pam Allyn

Children who grow up as readers become engaged citizens of the global world, and every child deserves that right to read.

Functional Literacy for All

Walter Dean Myers | Posted 03.02.2014 | Education
Walter Dean Myers

Let's teach caretakers and young parents how to read and interact linguistically with babies and toddlers. Let's carefully explain to grandmothers and uncles that they have a gift to give to their children -- the gift of functional literacy!

The Time to Strengthen the Brains of Our Children Is Now -- Share That Information With Mothers and Families

George Halvorson | Posted 02.09.2014 | Education
George Halvorson

Many people believe that kindergarten is the time when the education process begins. Those people are wrong.

7 Everyday Complaints That Are Really Just Reminders To Be Grateful

The Huffington Post | Karin Swanson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

Updated December 2, 2013: 12 p.m. EST. Whether it's lamenting about loans or long lines, some of us love to complain like it's our job. (Especial...

Diwali Does Not End When the Lights Go Out

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 12.30.2013 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

We may not all agree on the precise paths for the goal of overcoming poverty, illiteracy, disease and violence. But even consensus about these as shared goals of our common life and as essential to the meaning of being Hindu is a grand step.

Spreading the Love of Reading Beyond School Walls

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 11.09.2013 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

Too many children around the world are at risk of never learning to read or read well, whether they attend school or not. Practice outside the classroom is the key to learning to read, especially among girls, children living in poverty and those with few books or readers at home.

She-lanthropy: Heather Reisman and Her Commitment to Improving Children's Literacy One School at a Time

Farah Mohamed | Posted 10.30.2013 | Impact
Farah Mohamed

If anyone is interested in how to align business interests with philanthropic endeavors, you should take a page out of Heather Reisman's book (well, not literally, given the business she is in!).

Where Do We Go From Here?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As the nation celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, many are discussing what Dr. King would say to the nation and world today and tell us to do. But his message to us today is as clear as it was fifty years ago if only we could hear, heed, and follow his warnings about what we need to do to make America America.