A recent World Bank report found that some 70% of 10-year-olds in Low and Middle Income Countries are unable to read. Children are attending school, but not acquire essential skills. This puts their entire education in jeopardy.
We are living in a literacy emergency - we must act swiftly to ensure everyone learns the key skills of reading, writing and arithmetic.
The missing piece in global efforts to improve FLN is pedagogy. A paradigm shift is necessary in the way we approach teaching.
Innovative solutions like Accelerating Learning for All (ALfA) show that it is possible to teach children and adults to read in just 45 days and achieve full FLN capability in only 90 days. This is in stark contrast to the 3 to 5 years required by traditional methods, which still leave more than half of Grade 5 children lacking basic reading, writing, and arithmetic skills.
These groundbreaking pedagogy and processes not only address learning, but also tackle issues such as climate change, peace, and global citizenship simultaneously