AnnualReport2012-13
WORLDLITERACYFOUNDATION
Our vision is for a world
where every single child has
the opportunity to receive a
quality education.
Only then will it b...
Message from
THE CHAIRMAN
Dear Friends,
The World Literacy Foundation is an
aged children still not in school and
year was...
2012-2013
PROGRAMS
“Unfortunately, today many schools across the continent remain
in need, and millions of children and ad...
61 million
children of primary
school age are not
in school.
We will not rest
until this number is
zero.
Annual Report 201...
Creating Global
AWARENESS
Millions of people in developed countries around the world are still not fully aware of the exte...
for the World Literacy Foundation.
We have been very grateful for the
vision to improve literacy standards
globally.
If we...
Fantastic Phonics is a complete learn
to read program provided by Teach the
World to Read. The program consists of
60 read...
Juan Sebastian is a 10-year-old boy living in the
outskirts of Manizales, a city in central Colombia.
Some years ago a loc...
www.worldliteracyfoundation.org
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  1. 1. AnnualReport2012-13 WORLDLITERACYFOUNDATION
  2. 2. Our vision is for a world where every single child has the opportunity to receive a quality education. Only then will it be possible for poverty to be conquered once and for all. Only then can we improve the standards for millions around the globe. World Literacy Foundation AT A GLANCE OUR VISION The vision of the World Literacy Foundation is to create a world where every single child has the opportunity to receive a quality education. Only then will it be possible for poverty to be conquered once and for all. Only then can we improve the living standards for millions around the globe. OUR MISSION The World Literacy Foundation assessing and sharing best practices leaders. OUR OBJECTIVES To raise global literacy standards To promote the importance of literacy To provide a central platform for champions of literacy To improve the teaching of literacy practices sharing and relationship building available for all the world’s children OUR VALUES The World Literacy Foundation enacts the following core values: A belief that literacy as the most and conquer poverty cooperation and active participation in the delivery of all activities and traditional education systems A respect for native tongue and learning A belief in the importance of integrating local tradition and adapting contemporary methods as a policy for improved literacy education Empowerment of others so that achieve their personal goals A belief in the importance of parent and community adult engagement in learning as a pathway to improving educational outcomes A belief that all learning must be tailored to suit the environment and circumstances of individual communities A belief that all activities must be delivered in a manner that promotes and safe environment ©E3 Imagine Annual Report 2012-13 World Literacy Foundation 02 03
  3. 3. Message from THE CHAIRMAN Dear Friends, The World Literacy Foundation is an aged children still not in school and year was no exception as we expanded our operations and results. traditionally – to children and adults in desperate need of tools to learn to read and write. One of the greatest the gratitude of parents as they are and pictures on paper. They can towards exploring new ways of especially targeting young people representing the Foundation at we are on the right track towards need to work hard to ensure that this happens sooner rather than later! As we turn our attention to the and Europe. We will also continue for our Foundation during the past the Foundation into the future. for the World Literacy Foundation. Our continued growth and the deep you for their dedication and through literacy! Thank you for your support. Andrew Kay Dear Friends, Whilst 123 million young people around the world remain unable to read or write at all, the work of the World Literacy Foundation remains exceptionally important. For the past ten years the WLF has played a crucial role in using literacy to promote positive and practical change amongst the disadvantaged around the world. Our vision has where all children can pursue quality and contribute to their community and country in a meaningful way. none more so than that of the many volunteers who exhibit extraordinary generosity each year. Whether they less fortunate than themselves never ceases to inspire me. We appreciate the trust that has been placed in us to use all resources that are provided that we use them to their greatest impact. The past twelve months was a steady growing organisation. Our limited size did not stop us from reaching an estimated 25 million people globally media campaigning. We are extremely proud of the young people whose lives we have touched in the past twelve months. A personal highlight for myself this year was attending the UNESCO conference on Community Learning event was an inspiring reminder of organisations big and small to improve global literacy standards. the spirit of collaboration within the supporters and the communities in lives of as many illiterate people as are really achieving this. innovative and empowering as we vision is achieved and there won’t be a need for an organisation such as ours. Dr. Donald Green Message from THE CEO Annual Report 2012-13 World Literacy Foundation 04 05
  4. 4. 2012-2013 PROGRAMS “Unfortunately, today many schools across the continent remain in need, and millions of children and adults are still without access to books and the tools to reach their full potential.” empowerment and can symbolise hope and a chance for a better life. That is why we have implemented several initiatives that are aimed at getting literacy resources into the hands of those children and adults that need them most. that are owned and shared amongst a community. We encourage the education. Through the provision of literacy resources we recognise that an inspires parents and carers to read with their children. The continued will continue as we go forward with our quest to overcome illiteracy. successes and achievements is the organisations to support the projects they have established and to help improve literacy standards where they live. We are committed to providing support to existing and new projects result-orientated and innovative. community leaders by providing: Financial support to purchase vital literacy resources Financial support to purchase new technologies to support innovative approaches to literacy delivery Literacy support services and resources including testing and evaluation tools welfare groups and parents education and aid sectors community literacy projects in America. “The future starts today, not tomorrow” – Pope John Paul II The continued expansion of our Digi- for the World Literacy Foundation. advancement of information com- munication technologies (ICTs) and - lets and computers continues to open up new opportunities to deliver new literacy teaching methods. In Africa more than 500 million mobile Africans will have smartphones. In fact 2013 is the year that mobile- connected devices will exceed the world’s population. We want to be prepared for where technology is developing and providing programs that will grow as ICT usage grows. Many of the literacy resources we provide are delivered to regions in all of the globe’s continents via digital presents us with endless advantages including the ability to share and technologies are allowing us to reach more children in need than ever before. on perhaps our biggest and most life-changing program to date - the will provide a ‘library in the clouds’ teaching tools and instruction to students and teachers in some of the world’s poorest areas. ACCESSING LITERACY RESOURCES BUILDING DIGITAL COMMUNITIES WORKING WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES ©E3 Imagine Annual Report 2012-13 World Literacy Foundation 06 07
  5. 5. 61 million children of primary school age are not in school. We will not rest until this number is zero. Annual Report 2012-13 World Literacy Foundation 08 09 Creating Global AWARENESS and vital information for the literacy and wider educations sectors. During the past 12 months we implemented several impor- for us to achieve this mission. We have established net- literacy research as well as perform research of their own. - The Committee will concentrate on action and advice based on the four priority areas outlined in the 2012 Oxford Dec- laration: for literacy improvement. Increasing gender and socio-economic equity in literacy levels tradition and adapting contemporary methods as a policy for improving literacy education. understanding in the sector. Today there is an excess of information and opinions available within the literacy landscape. This information World Literacy Foundation will pave the way for a clearer innovators that we will guide and inform local communities and the wider public. A CLEARINGHOUSE FOR GLOBAL LITERACY Budding Reader is a US-based independent Budding Reader donates one to a child in need. Budding Reader and the World Literacy Foundation partnered together to provide a series build reading vocabulary through a step-by-step process. reinforce what the child has learnt. Students who vocabulary. Throughout 2012-13 the World Literacy Papua New Guinea and India. community groups and learning centers with desperately needed resources to teach their students the basics of reading. “The most gratifying part of Budding Reader is the joy we experience by giving away our eBooks to people who want to learn to read. We know that literacy is vitally important and, just like the World Literacy Foundation, strongly believe that eradicating illiteracy is the best way to eradicate poverty.” Partner Case Study 1: Budding Reader
  6. 6. Creating Global AWARENESS Millions of people in developed countries around the world are still not fully aware of the extent of the global literacy millions of children are not getting a chance to learn to read and write. We strive to build greater awareness of the international literacy crisis and provide a platform for champions of calling for those in power to act now to improve global education standards is the most powerful tool we have at our international media outlets. Program launches and expansions into new communities have also enabled the WLF to INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY International Literacy Day is the most important annual occasion for our provides the world with a time to focus attention on worldwide literacy issues and needs. The day also serves as an opportunity for the United Nations to remind the international community of the status of literacy rates and standards. On International Literacy Day we unite with other educators to call upon world leaders to do more to improve literacy around the globe. In September 2012 we were able to use media interviews and events to raise public awareness of the Millennium Development Goals in literacy and the Education for All goals. In the two days leading up to Representatives of 41 countries attended the event. Together they examined lessons learnt over the United National Literacy Decade that ways to accelerate progress to meet the 2015 Millennium Goal deadline of achieving a 50 per cent improvement in worldwide literacy levels. FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAM The Financial Literacy program is aimed at addressing the challenges young people face in relation to notably debt. Research shows us that young people around the world often to manage their future asset base. WLF CEO Andrew Kay says in light of has emerged as an increasingly important issue. able to help young people learn how to throughout their lifetime,” he says. The World Literacy Foundation is investing in a number of seed projects parties. ADVOCACY AND MEDIA ©E3 Imagine Annual Report 2012-13 World Literacy Foundation 10 11 ©E3 Imagine
  7. 7. for the World Literacy Foundation. We have been very grateful for the vision to improve literacy standards globally. If we can build upon the support we we will continue to grow and be able to introduce even more people to the advantages of reading and writing. We will not rest until every child has the opportunity to receive free and quality education. Only when the world’s population is given the chance to able to improve living standards for millions and conquer poverty once and for all 2012 & BEYOND One of the key roles of the World - - these key players that we will - As we did in 2012 we are plan- ning another Word Literacy Foundation conference that will conferences are also planned for delegates a greater insight into are tackling their own literacy upon literacy in the particular region. LITERACY CONFERENCES our base in our global headquarters and Europe. The WLF is now perform- ing operational activities from Michi- A North American based literacy advisory panel has also been formed Over the next 12 months we hope to set up a similar committee in the UK and Europe. Continuing our global expansion is a critical step for the World Literacy for new opportunities to grow and strengthen our relationship with organisations and supporters all over the globe. Ensuring a physical presence in the US and North America is the next logical step for the Foundation. The expan- sion will open up wider opportunities for strengthening our relationships those that require our assistance all over the globe. “With guidance, support and seed funding from the World Literacy Foundation, we have been able to build a network of local literacy practitioners in Colombia. This network is allowing all literacy and education focused organisations in Colombia to share ideas and better collaborate with one another. We quickly found a large community of people who were providing literacy focused programs but with limited communication with each other. The literacy network has addressed this problem. We operate in association with the University, which also provides access to researchers and assessment tools. We appreciate the support of the WLF and their willingness to invest in this local project.” -Lois Gonzales Chairman Colombia Literacy Network ©E3 Imagine ©E3 Imagine GLOBAL EXPANSION TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE Partner Case Study 4: Colombia Literacy Network Annual Report 2012-13 World Literacy Foundation 12 13
  8. 8. Fantastic Phonics is a complete learn to read program provided by Teach the World to Read. The program consists of 60 readers that guide children from the reading. Each story has a fully guided parent/teacher manual which “teaches the teacher” how to develop the child’s skills. Fantastic Phonics is provided free of charge to disadvantaged children all over the world. It is estimated that more than 500,000 children are learning to read using the program. Each day an extra 200-500 children are added. The reading series is being actively used by communities in Ghana, Rwanda, Liberia, Nigeria, Uganda, Congo, South Africa, South Sudan, Kenya, Israel, Egypt, UAE, Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Ukraine, Australia, NZ, Philippines, Japan, China and Hong Kong, with a particular focus on community groups assisting children and mothers coping with terrible living and education conditions. that there are huge capabilities for printable e-book solutions, as tradi- tional books are too expensive for many these traditional books. “It is clear that the developing world has a widespread, burning need for English literacy. Through our partnership with the World Literacy Foundation we are helping to provide an evidence-based program to thousands of children in need with amazing results” – Jennifer Cooper, Creator, Fantastic Phonics Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world - Nelson Mandela ©E3 Imagine Partner Case Study 3: Teach the World to Read Annual Report 2012-13 World Literacy Foundation 14 15
  9. 9. Juan Sebastian is a 10-year-old boy living in the outskirts of Manizales, a city in central Colombia. Some years ago a local gang murdered his father. He now lives with his mother, grandmother and three brothers and sisters. All of the schools around Juan Sebastian’s home make it compulsory for all students to wear a uniform then you are not allowed to attend school. Unfortunately for Juan Sebastian, his mother barely has enough money to feed their family. This means that he is unable to attend school regularly, and has never learnt to read and write. In 2012 the World Literacy Foundation became aware of Juan Sebastian’s situation and invited him to attend the Manizales Learn to Read Centre. The afternoon program provides children like Juan Sebastian with special attention and assistance to teach them the basics of literacy and education. He started visiting the program develop some vital skills. the centre more regularly and soon began to read and write at a basic level. He was provided with his own books, stationery and also his very own begin attending formal schooling like his peers. Juan Sebastian is still attending the Centre after school and has made many friends there, which is one of his favourite parts of program. When he grows up he wants to become a singer or a veterinarian to help all the sick animals in his village. He knows that if he can continue to learn then he will have many new opportunities later on in his life. “I would like to get away from the crime and poverty in my village,” he says. “I know if I can read and write, I can go on to high school.” Partner Case Study 4: Juan Sebastian – Student at the Learn to Read Program – Manizales, Colombia A special thank you to: YOU GOVERNANCE INTERNATIONALBOARD Chairman Dr. Donald Green, Founder & Chief Annual Report 2012-13 World Literacy Foundation ©E3 Imagine Andrew Kay Darryn Keneally Cathy Green USA Paula Correa Manizales Learn to Read Julie Ruel* Interdisciplinary Chair in François Gerin-Lajoie* Paul Gérin-Lajoie *North America World Literacy Foundation Board Members 16 17
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