- More than 90 percent of primary-age children in low-income countries and 75 percent of children in lower-middle income countries – more than 330 million children – are not expected to read or do basic maths by the end of primary school.
- 57 million primary school-age children are out of school.
- In 2015, illiteracy cost the global economy $1.2 trillion, perpetuating poverty in many parts of the world.
- If all students in low income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty, which would be equivalent to a 12% cut in world poverty.
- Globally, one year of school increases earnings by 10%, on average.
- GDP per capita in low-income countries would increase by nearly 70 percent in 2050 if all children were learning.
- If all women completed primary education, there would be 66% fewer maternal deaths.
Once equipped with the power of reading, children will have greater opportunities, become life-long learners, and realize their full potential.