2018-2019 International Literacy Projects
Posted by Alesha Anderson on June 20, 2018 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryStories from the Field

ProLiteracy has been working globally to improve adult literacy for over 65 years. We are proud to partner with international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that provide literacy instruction and training to improve the lives of adult learners around the world. This year, thanks to donations from individual donors and foundations, we were able to provide $60,000 for nine literacy programs in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Each year, ProLiteracy invites our international partners to submit proposals for funding new and existing literacy initiatives. Projects are carefully selected primarily on the basis of their excellence in empowering those of greatest need with materials and methods that are effective and sustainable. Below is a brief listing of the programs we will be funding this upcoming fiscal year.

  • Literacy and Sexual Health and Reproduction Program for Women and Girls in Egypt 
  • Vocational Literacy Training for Women in India
  • Adult Literacy and Agricultural Training for rural communities in Haiti
  • Financial Literacy Training for Tribal Women in Niger
  • Health Literacy for women and girls in Liberia
  • A Bilingual Literacy program for rural communities in Ratanakiri province of Cambodia
  • Women’s Health and Literacy content and training in South Africa 
  • Enterprise Development and Literacy Training for Women in Kenya
  • Literacy Training, Instruction, and Material Development in Uganda
  • Women’s Literacy Program for domestic workers in Colombia
  • Digital Literacy Training and Economic Development for women in Mexico

One of the common threads in many of our programs is the focus on women. Though most of our program partners serve both men and women, 75% of the learners are women. Due to socioeconomic and cultural factors, women and girls often get bypassed when it comes to education. Preference is usually given to boys, as women are expected to work or stay in the home. Yet research has consistently documented the fact that the higher the educational levels of women in the developing world, the more likely they are to marry at a later age, bear fewer children, earn more money, and live longer. This year, we are funding partners that are making concerted efforts to support and serve women in rural communities where there is little access to education, to promote the importance of mother tongue literacy, and to ensure learners have access to learning materials that are relevant to their lives. By working with a variety of NGO partners we hope to grow the number of organizations that are addressing the literacy needs of women who have never had access to formal education.  

 “We are committed to advancing literacy as an essential foundation for sustainable development and to advocating the unique role of women in the literacy process,” said Alesha Anderson, Senior Program Officer at ProLiteracy.

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