Literacy Boost

Kids are learning to read outside of school hours through Literacy Boost, and the results show that it works. Read more in our new Save the Children report, Beyond Classroom Walls: A Boost for Readers
Kids are learning to read outside of school hours through Literacy Boost. Read our new report. Read our press release.

While more children are in school today than ever before, many are not learning basic skills like reading once they get there. Save the Children's Literacy Boost is helping to change that by creating a culture of reading both inside and outside the classroom.

Literacy Boost helps children learn to read and read to learn by:

  • Measuring kids' reading skills to see how well they know their ABCs, sound out words and letters, read and understand sentences.
  • Training teachers to help children crack the code of reading, keep students engaged and interested in reading books, and use games, songs and stories in literacy lessons.
  • Getting communities involved in learning by providing books, libraries and supplies, sponsoring camps, "reading buddies" and other learning activities.

Join the Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge!

Watch and do the math. See how Literacy Boost is helping kids in poverty, girls and kids with no books at home.




Where in the World is Literacy Boost?



For Kid Readers:

  • Kids can practice reading with your parents and friends -- at home and at school.
  • Visit your local library and read! If you don't have a library, create one—share a book with a friend.

For Adult Readers:

  • Talk and read to a child every day to introduce new words into their vocabulary.
  • Promote reading during everyday activities like shopping, cooking and running errands.
  • Tell your elected officials in Washington, DC that you support U.S. investments and policies to help kids learn to read around the globe.

Leveraging Change For Children

Through Literacy Boost and other effective education programs, Save the Children is working together with partners around the world toward ensuring that every child receives a quality education and gains the skills and knowledge they need to thrive and develop.

  • Globally, Save the Children is helping to craft a new global development goal on education, beginning in 2015, to ensure that girls and boys everywhere learn how to read, write, and count by the age of 12, and that the learning gaps between the poorest and the richest children are significantly reduced.
  • In the U.S., Save the Children is working with the U.S. Congress to support funding for global education, both bilaterally and through the multilateral Global Partnership for Education initiative, and support policies like the Education for All Act that will make a transformative change in children’s ability to learn in developing countries.

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Last Updated September 2013