Project Literacy is a global campaign founded and convened by Pearson, the world’s learning company. The aim is to bring the power of words to the world, by building partnerships and driving action.

Illiteracy is a global crisis. It impacts over 750 million lives - one in ten people alive today. It costs the world $1.19 trillion a year. Yet most people hardly give it a second thought. 

758m

The number of people who can't read this sentence.

That's more than the population of Europe, or 1 in every 10 people in the world today.

$1.19tn

The cost of illiteracy to the world economy each year.

We should never underestimate the power of literacy to kickstart economies and drive development.

The curse of illiteracy is that it is largely invisible. But its impact is global and devastating. If you see inequality and poverty, you’re seeing the impact of illiteracy.    

Literacy is central to achieving nearly every one of the Sustainable Development Goals—a set of universal goals agreed by the UN and the world’s leaders that will guide policymaking over the next fifteen years. Their aims are simple: to end poverty, protect the planet, and bring about prosperity for all. Words are the key to so many things. They are how we make sense of the world around us.  Through words, we can pursue life-changing opportunities and stand up for the rights of others to do the same. 

Project Literacy exists to bring the power of words to everyone. So that by 2030, every child born can grow up to be a literate adult.