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Literacy & Education

Learning to read and write is a fundamental right. Yet, 38 % of African adults (some 153 millions) are illiterate; two-thirds of these are women. Africa is the only continent where more than half of the parents are not able to help their children with homework due to illiteracy. Only 1 % of national education budget of most African governments is earmarked to address the issue of literacy. The situation is alarming as literacy is a crucial step to acquire the basic skills needed to cope with the many challenges children, youth and adults will face throughout their lives. For many disadvantaged young people and adults, non-formal education is one of the main routes to learning. Non-formal education reaches people in their own context and ideally in their own local language. Our Stories>>