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The Power of Literacy
                                                                                                                                 Reading and writing are superpowers. They help people communicate, find jobs, and learn about the world. Numeracy,
                                                                                                                                 the ability to understand and work with numbers, is equally powerful. It’s a key skill for everyday tasks like shopping or
                                                                                                                                 banking. These skills have ripple effects that impact various facets of development.

                                                                                                                                 Research supports this. A study by the World Bank states that every year of schooling increases a person’s earnings by
                                                                                                                                 10%. And, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) points out that literacy can
          Fulfilling                                                                                                             prosperous future for all.
                                                                                                                                 boost a country’s economic growth. By investing in foundational literacy and numeracy, we invest in a brighter, more

          SDG4 with


          By combining pedagogical expertise with technological innovations,

          ALfA—Accelerating Learning for All accelerates the process of
          learning, ensuring that the world’s children not only learn but do so

          at a pace that aligns with the urgencies of our times

             n the ever-evolving landscape of global development,   better future. Yet, at the core of these 17 global goals
             education stands as the bedrock of progress, the   lies one crucial enabler: literacy. It’s an action with
             keystone that supports a structure of equality,   unparalleled return on investment. Whether it’s gender
             empowerment, and enlightenment. With the United   equality, reduced inequalities, good health, or quality
        INations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 at      education, the ability to read and understand sits at the
          the heart of global educational objectives, the focus is   heart of every single SDG.                                                       A globe surrounded by books, with symbols of various SDGs hovering around it,
          clear: ensure inclusive and equitable quality education                                                                                     emphasizing the interconnectedness of literacy and global goals.
          and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.   And this connection extends to even seemingly
          Yet, as imperative as this goal is, its realization requires   unrelated SDGs. Consider SDG13, which targets climate
          innovations that aren’t just transformative but are also   action. An informed populace, equipped with literacy        The challenge before us is daunting. UNESCO paints a concerning picture: 70% of the world’s 10-year-olds cannot read
          agile and adaptive.                                  skills, is better positioned to understand and act upon           with comprehension. The task might seem insurmountable, but there are solutions on the horizon, and the challenges
                                                               the complexities of climate change. They can read,
          Literacy is not just a foundational skill—it’s the lifeblood   comprehend, and contribute to environmental solutions.   we perceive can be converted into opportunities.
          of sustainable development. As we grapple with the   In essence, literacy amplifies the efforts to combat              It questions the norms: if the problem is so vast and critical, why aren’t we addressing it with the urgency it deserves?
          challenges of the modern world, the Sustainable      climate challenges.
          Development Goals (SDGs) provide a roadmap to a

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