Zambia kids promoting reading to classmates

Literacy around the world

5th September 2017 | Blog

It’s International Literacy Day on Friday!

To celebrate, in the run up we are sharing photos and quotes from our partners and their readers across the world, showing the difference literacy is making for them.

Here is a round up of just a few of the inspiring things they have shared so far.



Children in Nkondo, Rwanda, enjoy books in their homes and local community as part of our partner Ready for Reading‘s outreach programme:

Reading in the community Rwanda



When schools in Chesengoch, a rural village in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, joined our Inspiring Readers programme, adults in community saw an opportunity to learn to read too and started an adult education class.

Adult learners


Now I can read prices and make sure I get a fair price when shopping at the market.

–Florence, 60, new reader, Chesengoch



In Zanzibar, librarians at Unguja library use reading activities like read-alouds to introduce young children to the joy of books and reading:

Unguja library activity



Children in Nairobi’s Mathare slum enjoy a peaceful book-filled afternoon at their Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) library:

Reading in MYSA's library Kenya


Sierra Leone

Bo Regional Library in Sierra Leone’s new Children’s Corner bustles with readers:

Bo Regional Library


Schools are closed for the holidays but the library is not! The children are making very good use of the library. This is what a vibrant library should be like.



In Iraq, displaced children continue to read and learn thanks to War Child UK’s Temporary Learning Spaces:


Pupils in Bungoma County, Kenya, share a story from their new Start a Library school library:

Bungoma County Kenya


Occupied Palestinian Territories

In Gaza, school children enjoy a reading activity by the sea as part of Tamer Institute for Community Education‘s annual National Reading Week celebrations across Palestine:

Reading in Gaza


I believe reading helps us create a clear vision about society.

–Areen Bibal El Ateek, 15, West Bank.


We’ll be sharing more from our partners over the course of the week so check back here or keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook feeds.

This campaign isn’t just about what is happening in our global partner network – we want to see photos of all the ways that literacy is changing people’s lives where you live too. Tweet us or share on Facebook how it’s flourishing where you are – and don’t forget to include the hashtag #LiteracyThrives.


You may also like

Find out more about the inspiring story of the adults learning to read for the first time in a small village
in rural Kenya.
Read more >
Learn more about our Inspiring Readers programme to get books into the classrooms of under-resourced schools in Africa.
Read more >
In pictures: Sierra Leone's new Children's Corners.
Read more >