• First Global
    Stakeholders Conference on
    Foundational Literacy & Numeracy
    It is Time to Act!
    March 9 to 11, 2023
    " If 90 days could make the world l literate, would you not do it? - Dr. Sunita Gandhi
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Act on ideas that lead to dramatic change


Commit to change, since the best is not enough


Transform practice using groundbreaking new ideas supported by evidence


Share responsible voices that add to our collective learning

WHY? Purpose of Stakeholders Conference

  • Build momentum for FLN to immediately begin new and innovative programs targeting literacy in months not years, such as ALfA’s 30-day reading and 90-day FLN program.
  • Promote policy reforms at the system-wide level that work towards universal literacy.
  • Garner commitments from philanthropists and corporate donors to give top priority for foundational literacy programs.
  • Share case studies and learn from evidence-based actions around the world.
  • Encourage governments to declare FLN as an emergency and take urgent action.
  • Network virtually with leading educational practitioners and policymakers around the world.
  • Reach consensus for a time-bound mission to reach universal FLN and adopt a manifesto for the same.

“It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness" Confucius


Globally, at least 773 million youth and adults still cannot read and write and 250 million children are failing to acquire basic literacy skills. This results in an exclusion of low-literate and low-skilled youth and adults from full participation in their communities and societies. _UNESCO

As 50% of 10 year olds in low-income countries remain illiterate because of structural-systemic issues. As a result, literacy poverty is not an uncommon phenomenon (World Bank). Existing programs are not sufficient considering the scale of the issue. While funding is always in short supply, many countries struggling with low literacy rates do not necessarily embody the component characteristics taken for granted by other countries meeting (even exceeding) global and national goals: strong political will; a swift teaching-learning method and an embrace of a spirit of experimentation; and mass mobilization campaign involving multiple stakeholders.

Children are the world’s future. The best way to safeguard their future is to provide them with the foundational skills. Evidence is clear. Just getting the children into the school is not enough. Even before the Covid, 53% of the world’s 10-year-olds could not read after five long years of schooling.

We need a paradigm shift in the way we teach, and the urgency with which we respond to this gargantuan crises made worse by the Covid. Another academic year is passing by and the world is still unable to reach the pre-Pandemic levels of FLN.

It is time to act!

The speed with which children learn and the speed by which we respond to the crises are both more relevant today than ever before. We hereby invite you as a presenter and a collaborator to the First Global Stakeholder’s Conference on Disruptive FLN, March 9-11, 2023.

Global Advisory Committee


March 9

Disruptive Solutions to a Global Emergency

Governments & International Organizations

March 10

Collaborations and Synergies among Stakeholders

Governments, Multilateral and Bilateral Organizations, NGOs and other Stakeholders

March 11

System-wide Reforms, Mass Movements and Commitments

Governments, International Organisations, Youth Groups, NGOs, and the Education Community


DEVI Sansthan, 12 Station Road, Lucknow 226001, U.P. India

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DEVI Sansthan (Dignity Education Vision International) is a non-profit organisation founded in Lucknow, India, to provide the dignity of quality education to underprivileged children and adults. Our vision is to achieve Universal FLN for all children by 2030, as envisioned by SDG 4. In this direction, we aim to make 10 million children and adults literate in India by 2030. Globally, we aim to make 1 billion learners literate through our Disruptive Literacy Partnership. Through its flagship Global Dream Disruptive Literacy program, DEVI is creating large-scale transformation by implementing research-based, swift, scalable and replicable methods and approaches to FLN.

DEVI Sansthan is founded by the educationist Dr Sunita Gandhi while working as an Economist at the World Bank in Washington D.C. She is the Hon. Chief Academic Advisor of City Montessori School, Lucknow, holds the Guinness Book Record for being the World's Largest School and is the recipient of the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education.

She was awarded Educator of the Year, 2015 by the India Book of Records and honoured with the Visionary of Uttar Pradesh by the government.