Estimates suggest that over 250 million school children throughout the globe cannot read. This is unfortunate, majorly because literacy has uncountable benefits – both at the individual and societal levels. Better literacy rates often suggest healthier population, far less crimes, higher economic growth, and better employment rates. For individuals, literacy is a building block to acquiring advanced skills. These, in turn, result in better wages and increased employment opportunities across labor markets .
Over the last 10 years, evidence has increwasingly indicated that interventions for getting young children to read show positive results. If that is the case, the highly successful pilots should optimised for scale in all countries where early grade reading is an issue. To increase awareness about this, a global early skills assessment that tests reading abilities should be created and widely distributed, serving as a global benchmark. Read more…
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