December 10, 2021
Today is Human Rights Day, and All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD) is highlighting Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Everyone has the right to education.
Education is a proven factor in reducing poverty–and the ability to read plays a crucial role in a child’s opportunity to attend and complete his or her education. Yet children across the world are waiting for the opportunity to learn to read. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and refugee and migration crises, UNESCO reports that the number of children lacking basic reading skills worldwide has grown from 387 million prior to the pandemic to 584 million today.
Education technology innovation and approaches are proven to help address gaps and barriers to child literacy in and outside of school and in crisis and emergency situations. ACR GCD, a leader in EdTech for literacy, has implemented and scaled game-changing solutions and tools to increase literacy for marginalized children in low-resource contexts, including those impacted by the pandemic and the more than 4 million refugee children around the world.
On Human Rights Day, take the opportunity to be part of the solution in assuring every child has access to education and advancing child literacy around the globe. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Raise awareness on social media. Need a post? Share ours on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn!
- Share an edTech innovation, like Feed the Monster, a free app available in 50 languages that teaches children the fundamentals of reading. Then explore dozens of other impactful innovations and approaches here.
- Read and share accessible (and free!) books on the Global Digital Library, which has over 6000 books in 90 languages.
- If you’re an educator, learn more about accessible edTech for children with disabilities.
- Sign up for our eNewsletter to get the latest news and edTech innovations to increase reading outcomes for marginalized children in low-resource contexts.
Together, we can make sure all children are reading!