school without the reading, writing and communication skills they need 

to succeed in education, work and life – their futures cut short before 

they even started. But with the backing of UK business, we have the 

power to transform these young lives through literacy. We are delighted 

to be working with so many fantastic businesses who, throughout the 

year, will demonstrate their commitment to creating a society where 

talented children and young people – no matter what their background – 

have the same opportunities to fulfil their potential."

In the words of former United States of America President, Bill Clinton, 

during the celebration of International Literacy Day in 1994, “literacy 

is not a luxury; it is a right and a responsibility. If our world is to 

meet the challenges of the twenty-first century we must harness the 

energy and creativity of all our citizens.” Available data indicates 

that there are now close to four billion literate people in the world. 

In as much as this represents a positive stride, literacy for all is a 

yet to be accomplished objective. A recent UNESCO statistics shows that 

774 million adults still cannot read or write – two-thirds of them (493 

million) are women. Among youth, 123 million are illiterate of which 76 

million are female.

In Nigeria, in-spite of efforts by all tiers of governments to address 

rising illiteracy level, there has not been a progressive increase in 

the literary level, especially among the adults. According to the 

National Bureau of Statistics, adult illiteracy rate in Nigeria stands 

at 56.9%. The implication of this is that about 70% of Nigerians are 

illiterates. Considering the fact that globally the illiteracy rate is 

approximately 20%, the Nigerian situation is rather disturbing. As 

expected, the states mostly affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the 

northern part of the country recorded the lowest literacy level in the 

country.

The Country Comparison Index of Literacy Level by country in 2012 

further testifies to the worrisome literacy situation in the country as 

it shows that Nigeria ranked 161 out of 184 countries with 66 per cent 

literacy rate. This implies that we belong to the mainstream of the 

world’s most illiterate countries. A recent USAID study also indicates 

that an estimated 10 million Nigerian children are not registered in 

school. A disclosure by a former Minister of State for Education, Chief 

Nyesom Wike, equally indicates that the number of adults who cannot read 

and write in the country is estimated at 60 million, which is about 38% 

of the country’s population estimated at 170 million. The revelation was 

made by Wike at the flagging off of the 2014 International Literacy Day.

At the 2013 edition of same event it was disclosed that adult illiteracy 

rate in the country has increased from 25 million in 1997 to 35 million 

in 2013. The declining fortune of literacy ratio among Nigerian children 

is, indeed, an embarrassment to the nation as we currently have over 

10.5 million children out of school. The current Education for All, EFA, 

Global Monitoring report ranks Nigeria as one of the countries with the 

highest level of illiteracy. The EFA report on Nigeria affirmed that the 

number of illiterate adults has increased by 10 million over the past 

two decades, to reach 35 million.

The current literacy trend in Nigeria, if not speedily halted, could 

obstruct the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s). As 

it has been earlier asserted, literacy is vital to the achievement of 

every growth index. The way things stand, the objective of meeting the 

national mark of reducing illiteracy by 50% by 2015 seems largely 

unattainable. One of the most compelling way to tackle the myriad of 

challenges confronting us as a nation is to urgently attend to the 

declining literacy position in the country. To successfully confront 

poverty, disease, religious fanaticism, political chaos, ethnic bigotry, 

gender discrimination, economic depression among others, efforts must be 

made by all to enhance the literacy level in the country. Importantly, 

governments at all levels need to make pragmatic legislation as well as 

improve funding for the relevant agencies of government saddled with the 

execution of the mass literacy programme. Equally, literacy inclined 

groups and other related NGOs ought to step up activities and campaigns 

to increase awareness towards the importance of literacy. The various 

States Universal Basic Education Boards, SUBEB, need to intensify 

efforts to ensure that no child is left out in the mass literacy drive. 

To this end, all the states need to strictly adhere to the spirit and 

principle of the Child Rights Law which criminalizes denial of access of 

any child to school.

The general perceptive of literacy is ability to read and write. But 

literacy has bigger dimensions than mere ability to read and write. 

According to former United Nations Secretary General, Dr Kofi Anan, 

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a basic tool for daily 

life in modern society. It is a wall against poverty, and a building 

block of development. Literacy is a vehicle for the promotion of 

cultural and national identity.” The implication of this is that 

literacy is central to basic education for all, and crucial for dropping 

child mortality, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable 

development, peace and democracy in the society. For individuals, 

families, and societies alike, it is an instrument of empowerment to 

improve one’s health, one’s income, and one’s relationships.

Annually, September 8 is globally celebrated as International Literacy 

Day. It is a day set aside to draw attention to the importance and 

impact of literacy skills on individuals, communities, and societies. 

Since the day was first celebrated in 1966, on every 8 September, the 

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 

UNESCO, requests governments, employers, trade unions and other key 

global organizations to get involved and appreciate the importance of 

being able to read and write. In countries all over the world, the 

International Literacy Day raises people’s awareness of and concern for 

literacy issues within their own communities. Several activities 

relating to concerns over low literacy levels have taken place as a 

result of this increased awareness. Some of these activities include 

literacy day projects, particularly with regard to technology and 

literature, which are promoted by various organizations including 

reading associations.

HOW UK TACKLE ILLITRACY

63 leading businesses have signed the Vision for Literacy Business 

Pledge 2018 to join the fight to tackle the UK’s literacy crisis which 

costs the economy £2.5 billion every year. Signatories of the pledge 

will look to target their resources where they can make the biggest 

difference to the UK’s literacy challenge – in the early years. 

Established in 2015 by the National Literacy Forum, which is led by us, 

the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge has boosted the reading, writing 

speaking and listening skills of some of the most disadvantaged 

children, young people and families in the UK. 

Throughout the year, businesses including Amazon, Facebook, KPMG, 

McDonald’s and the Premier League will be supported to address the 

literacy problems that exist within their workforces, in the local 

communities where they have a presence, and on a national level. 

Last year, founding signatory KPMG supported the literacy of more than 

500 deprived children with 150 of its employees volunteering 1,000 hours 

of their time on literacy activities. What’s more, the pledge provided 

direct benefits for the businesses involved, with 91% reporting 

increased employee engagement, morale and motivation and 64% 

highlighting an improvement in team working skills.

Over the past three years, the pledge has seen a 46% increase in the 

number of businesses committing their support. Amongst the new 

signatories for 2018 are household names John Lewis, Clarks and Metro 

Bank. The pledge also has the backing of the Department for Education.

" />

school without the reading, writing and communication skills they need 

to succeed in education, work and life – their futures cut short before 

they even started. But with the backing of UK business, we have the 

power to transform these young lives through literacy. We are delighted 

to be working with so many fantastic businesses who, throughout the 

year, will demonstrate their commitment to creating a society where 

talented children and young people – no matter what their background – 

have the same opportunities to fulfil their potential."

In the words of former United States of America President, Bill Clinton, 

during the celebration of International Literacy Day in 1994, “literacy 

is not a luxury; it is a right and a responsibility. If our world is to 

meet the challenges of the twenty-first century we must harness the 

energy and creativity of all our citizens.” Available data indicates 

that there are now close to four billion literate people in the world. 

In as much as this represents a positive stride, literacy for all is a 

yet to be accomplished objective. A recent UNESCO statistics shows that 

774 million adults still cannot read or write – two-thirds of them (493 

million) are women. Among youth, 123 million are illiterate of which 76 

million are female.

In Nigeria, in-spite of efforts by all tiers of governments to address 

rising illiteracy level, there has not been a progressive increase in 

the literary level, especially among the adults. According to the 

National Bureau of Statistics, adult illiteracy rate in Nigeria stands 

at 56.9%. The implication of this is that about 70% of Nigerians are 

illiterates. Considering the fact that globally the illiteracy rate is 

approximately 20%, the Nigerian situation is rather disturbing. As 

expected, the states mostly affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the 

northern part of the country recorded the lowest literacy level in the 

country.

The Country Comparison Index of Literacy Level by country in 2012 

further testifies to the worrisome literacy situation in the country as 

it shows that Nigeria ranked 161 out of 184 countries with 66 per cent 

literacy rate. This implies that we belong to the mainstream of the 

world’s most illiterate countries. A recent USAID study also indicates 

that an estimated 10 million Nigerian children are not registered in 

school. A disclosure by a former Minister of State for Education, Chief 

Nyesom Wike, equally indicates that the number of adults who cannot read 

and write in the country is estimated at 60 million, which is about 38% 

of the country’s population estimated at 170 million. The revelation was 

made by Wike at the flagging off of the 2014 International Literacy Day.

At the 2013 edition of same event it was disclosed that adult illiteracy 

rate in the country has increased from 25 million in 1997 to 35 million 

in 2013. The declining fortune of literacy ratio among Nigerian children 

is, indeed, an embarrassment to the nation as we currently have over 

10.5 million children out of school. The current Education for All, EFA, 

Global Monitoring report ranks Nigeria as one of the countries with the 

highest level of illiteracy. The EFA report on Nigeria affirmed that the 

number of illiterate adults has increased by 10 million over the past 

two decades, to reach 35 million.

The current literacy trend in Nigeria, if not speedily halted, could 

obstruct the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s). As 

it has been earlier asserted, literacy is vital to the achievement of 

every growth index. The way things stand, the objective of meeting the 

national mark of reducing illiteracy by 50% by 2015 seems largely 

unattainable. One of the most compelling way to tackle the myriad of 

challenges confronting us as a nation is to urgently attend to the 

declining literacy position in the country. To successfully confront 

poverty, disease, religious fanaticism, political chaos, ethnic bigotry, 

gender discrimination, economic depression among others, efforts must be 

made by all to enhance the literacy level in the country. Importantly, 

governments at all levels need to make pragmatic legislation as well as 

improve funding for the relevant agencies of government saddled with the 

execution of the mass literacy programme. Equally, literacy inclined 

groups and other related NGOs ought to step up activities and campaigns 

to increase awareness towards the importance of literacy. The various 

States Universal Basic Education Boards, SUBEB, need to intensify 

efforts to ensure that no child is left out in the mass literacy drive. 

To this end, all the states need to strictly adhere to the spirit and 

principle of the Child Rights Law which criminalizes denial of access of 

any child to school.

The general perceptive of literacy is ability to read and write. But 

literacy has bigger dimensions than mere ability to read and write. 

According to former United Nations Secretary General, Dr Kofi Anan, 

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a basic tool for daily 

life in modern society. It is a wall against poverty, and a building 

block of development. Literacy is a vehicle for the promotion of 

cultural and national identity.” The implication of this is that 

literacy is central to basic education for all, and crucial for dropping 

child mortality, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable 

development, peace and democracy in the society. For individuals, 

families, and societies alike, it is an instrument of empowerment to 

improve one’s health, one’s income, and one’s relationships.

Annually, September 8 is globally celebrated as International Literacy 

Day. It is a day set aside to draw attention to the importance and 

impact of literacy skills on individuals, communities, and societies. 

Since the day was first celebrated in 1966, on every 8 September, the 

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 

UNESCO, requests governments, employers, trade unions and other key 

global organizations to get involved and appreciate the importance of 

being able to read and write. In countries all over the world, the 

International Literacy Day raises people’s awareness of and concern for 

literacy issues within their own communities. Several activities 

relating to concerns over low literacy levels have taken place as a 

result of this increased awareness. Some of these activities include 

literacy day projects, particularly with regard to technology and 

literature, which are promoted by various organizations including 

reading associations.

HOW UK TACKLE ILLITRACY

63 leading businesses have signed the Vision for Literacy Business 

Pledge 2018 to join the fight to tackle the UK’s literacy crisis which 

costs the economy £2.5 billion every year. Signatories of the pledge 

will look to target their resources where they can make the biggest 

difference to the UK’s literacy challenge – in the early years. 

Established in 2015 by the National Literacy Forum, which is led by us, 

the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge has boosted the reading, writing 

speaking and listening skills of some of the most disadvantaged 

children, young people and families in the UK. 

Throughout the year, businesses including Amazon, Facebook, KPMG, 

McDonald’s and the Premier League will be supported to address the 

literacy problems that exist within their workforces, in the local 

communities where they have a presence, and on a national level. 

Last year, founding signatory KPMG supported the literacy of more than 

500 deprived children with 150 of its employees volunteering 1,000 hours 

of their time on literacy activities. What’s more, the pledge provided 

direct benefits for the businesses involved, with 91% reporting 

increased employee engagement, morale and motivation and 64% 

highlighting an improvement in team working skills.

Over the past three years, the pledge has seen a 46% increase in the 

number of businesses committing their support. Amongst the new 

signatories for 2018 are household names John Lewis, Clarks and Metro 

Bank. The pledge also has the backing of the Department for Education.

" />

school without the reading, writing and communication skills they need 

to succeed in education, work and life – their futures cut short before 

they even started. But with the backing of UK business, we have the 

power to transform these young lives through literacy. We are delighted 

to be working with so many fantastic businesses who, throughout the 

year, will demonstrate their commitment to creating a society where 

talented children and young people – no matter what their background – 

have the same opportunities to fulfil their potential."

In the words of former United States of America President, Bill Clinton, 

during the celebration of International Literacy Day in 1994, “literacy 

is not a luxury; it is a right and a responsibility. If our world is to 

meet the challenges of the twenty-first century we must harness the 

energy and creativity of all our citizens.” Available data indicates 

that there are now close to four billion literate people in the world. 

In as much as this represents a positive stride, literacy for all is a 

yet to be accomplished objective. A recent UNESCO statistics shows that 

774 million adults still cannot read or write – two-thirds of them (493 

million) are women. Among youth, 123 million are illiterate of which 76 

million are female.

In Nigeria, in-spite of efforts by all tiers of governments to address 

rising illiteracy level, there has not been a progressive increase in 

the literary level, especially among the adults. According to the 

National Bureau of Statistics, adult illiteracy rate in Nigeria stands 

at 56.9%. The implication of this is that about 70% of Nigerians are 

illiterates. Considering the fact that globally the illiteracy rate is 

approximately 20%, the Nigerian situation is rather disturbing. As 

expected, the states mostly affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the 

northern part of the country recorded the lowest literacy level in the 

country.

The Country Comparison Index of Literacy Level by country in 2012 

further testifies to the worrisome literacy situation in the country as 

it shows that Nigeria ranked 161 out of 184 countries with 66 per cent 

literacy rate. This implies that we belong to the mainstream of the 

world’s most illiterate countries. A recent USAID study also indicates 

that an estimated 10 million Nigerian children are not registered in 

school. A disclosure by a former Minister of State for Education, Chief 

Nyesom Wike, equally indicates that the number of adults who cannot read 

and write in the country is estimated at 60 million, which is about 38% 

of the country’s population estimated at 170 million. The revelation was 

made by Wike at the flagging off of the 2014 International Literacy Day.

At the 2013 edition of same event it was disclosed that adult illiteracy 

rate in the country has increased from 25 million in 1997 to 35 million 

in 2013. The declining fortune of literacy ratio among Nigerian children 

is, indeed, an embarrassment to the nation as we currently have over 

10.5 million children out of school. The current Education for All, EFA, 

Global Monitoring report ranks Nigeria as one of the countries with the 

highest level of illiteracy. The EFA report on Nigeria affirmed that the 

number of illiterate adults has increased by 10 million over the past 

two decades, to reach 35 million.

The current literacy trend in Nigeria, if not speedily halted, could 

obstruct the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s). As 

it has been earlier asserted, literacy is vital to the achievement of 

every growth index. The way things stand, the objective of meeting the 

national mark of reducing illiteracy by 50% by 2015 seems largely 

unattainable. One of the most compelling way to tackle the myriad of 

challenges confronting us as a nation is to urgently attend to the 

declining literacy position in the country. To successfully confront 

poverty, disease, religious fanaticism, political chaos, ethnic bigotry, 

gender discrimination, economic depression among others, efforts must be 

made by all to enhance the literacy level in the country. Importantly, 

governments at all levels need to make pragmatic legislation as well as 

improve funding for the relevant agencies of government saddled with the 

execution of the mass literacy programme. Equally, literacy inclined 

groups and other related NGOs ought to step up activities and campaigns 

to increase awareness towards the importance of literacy. The various 

States Universal Basic Education Boards, SUBEB, need to intensify 

efforts to ensure that no child is left out in the mass literacy drive. 

To this end, all the states need to strictly adhere to the spirit and 

principle of the Child Rights Law which criminalizes denial of access of 

any child to school.

The general perceptive of literacy is ability to read and write. But 

literacy has bigger dimensions than mere ability to read and write. 

According to former United Nations Secretary General, Dr Kofi Anan, 

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a basic tool for daily 

life in modern society. It is a wall against poverty, and a building 

block of development. Literacy is a vehicle for the promotion of 

cultural and national identity.” The implication of this is that 

literacy is central to basic education for all, and crucial for dropping 

child mortality, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable 

development, peace and democracy in the society. For individuals, 

families, and societies alike, it is an instrument of empowerment to 

improve one’s health, one’s income, and one’s relationships.

Annually, September 8 is globally celebrated as International Literacy 

Day. It is a day set aside to draw attention to the importance and 

impact of literacy skills on individuals, communities, and societies. 

Since the day was first celebrated in 1966, on every 8 September, the 

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 

UNESCO, requests governments, employers, trade unions and other key 

global organizations to get involved and appreciate the importance of 

being able to read and write. In countries all over the world, the 

International Literacy Day raises people’s awareness of and concern for 

literacy issues within their own communities. Several activities 

relating to concerns over low literacy levels have taken place as a 

result of this increased awareness. Some of these activities include 

literacy day projects, particularly with regard to technology and 

literature, which are promoted by various organizations including 

reading associations.

HOW UK TACKLE ILLITRACY

63 leading businesses have signed the Vision for Literacy Business 

Pledge 2018 to join the fight to tackle the UK’s literacy crisis which 

costs the economy £2.5 billion every year. Signatories of the pledge 

will look to target their resources where they can make the biggest 

difference to the UK’s literacy challenge – in the early years. 

Established in 2015 by the National Literacy Forum, which is led by us, 

the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge has boosted the reading, writing 

speaking and listening skills of some of the most disadvantaged 

children, young people and families in the UK. 

Throughout the year, businesses including Amazon, Facebook, KPMG, 

McDonald’s and the Premier League will be supported to address the 

literacy problems that exist within their workforces, in the local 

communities where they have a presence, and on a national level. 

Last year, founding signatory KPMG supported the literacy of more than 

500 deprived children with 150 of its employees volunteering 1,000 hours 

of their time on literacy activities. What’s more, the pledge provided 

direct benefits for the businesses involved, with 91% reporting 

increased employee engagement, morale and motivation and 64% 

highlighting an improvement in team working skills.

Over the past three years, the pledge has seen a 46% increase in the 

number of businesses committing their support. Amongst the new 

signatories for 2018 are household names John Lewis, Clarks and Metro 

Bank. The pledge also has the backing of the Department for Education.

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HOW CAN NIGERIA TACKLE ILLITERACY. HOW DOES UK INTEND TO TACKLE THEIRS?

click here to read more: 

https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/09/08/combating-illiteracy-in-nigeria/

https://literacytrust.org.uk/news/uk-businesses-pledge-tackle-nations-literacy-crisis-2018/

"Over the past decade, more than 500,000 disadvantaged children started 

school without the reading, writing and communication skills they need 

to succeed in education, work and life – their futures cut short before 

they even started. But with the backing of UK business, we have the 

power to transform these young lives through literacy. We are delighted 

to be working with so many fantastic businesses who, throughout the 

year, will demonstrate their commitment to creating a society where 

talented children and young people – no matter what their background – 

have the same opportunities to fulfil their potential."

In the words of former United States of America President, Bill Clinton, 

during the celebration of International Literacy Day in 1994, “literacy 

is not a luxury; it is a right and a responsibility. If our world is to 

meet the challenges of the twenty-first century we must harness the 

energy and creativity of all our citizens.” Available data indicates 

that there are now close to four billion literate people in the world. 

In as much as this represents a positive stride, literacy for all is a 

yet to be accomplished objective. A recent UNESCO statistics shows that 

774 million adults still cannot read or write – two-thirds of them (493 

million) are women. Among youth, 123 million are illiterate of which 76 

million are female.

In Nigeria, in-spite of efforts by all tiers of governments to address 

rising illiteracy level, there has not been a progressive increase in 

the literary level, especially among the adults. According to the 

National Bureau of Statistics, adult illiteracy rate in Nigeria stands 

at 56.9%. The implication of this is that about 70% of Nigerians are 

illiterates. Considering the fact that globally the illiteracy rate is 

approximately 20%, the Nigerian situation is rather disturbing. As 

expected, the states mostly affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the 

northern part of the country recorded the lowest literacy level in the 

country.

The Country Comparison Index of Literacy Level by country in 2012 

further testifies to the worrisome literacy situation in the country as 

it shows that Nigeria ranked 161 out of 184 countries with 66 per cent 

literacy rate. This implies that we belong to the mainstream of the 

world’s most illiterate countries. A recent USAID study also indicates 

that an estimated 10 million Nigerian children are not registered in 

school. A disclosure by a former Minister of State for Education, Chief 

Nyesom Wike, equally indicates that the number of adults who cannot read 

and write in the country is estimated at 60 million, which is about 38% 

of the country’s population estimated at 170 million. The revelation was 

made by Wike at the flagging off of the 2014 International Literacy Day.

At the 2013 edition of same event it was disclosed that adult illiteracy 

rate in the country has increased from 25 million in 1997 to 35 million 

in 2013. The declining fortune of literacy ratio among Nigerian children 

is, indeed, an embarrassment to the nation as we currently have over 

10.5 million children out of school. The current Education for All, EFA, 

Global Monitoring report ranks Nigeria as one of the countries with the 

highest level of illiteracy. The EFA report on Nigeria affirmed that the 

number of illiterate adults has increased by 10 million over the past 

two decades, to reach 35 million.

The current literacy trend in Nigeria, if not speedily halted, could 

obstruct the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s). As 

it has been earlier asserted, literacy is vital to the achievement of 

every growth index. The way things stand, the objective of meeting the 

national mark of reducing illiteracy by 50% by 2015 seems largely 

unattainable. One of the most compelling way to tackle the myriad of 

challenges confronting us as a nation is to urgently attend to the 

declining literacy position in the country. To successfully confront 

poverty, disease, religious fanaticism, political chaos, ethnic bigotry, 

gender discrimination, economic depression among others, efforts must be 

made by all to enhance the literacy level in the country. Importantly, 

governments at all levels need to make pragmatic legislation as well as 

improve funding for the relevant agencies of government saddled with the 

execution of the mass literacy programme. Equally, literacy inclined 

groups and other related NGOs ought to step up activities and campaigns 

to increase awareness towards the importance of literacy. The various 

States Universal Basic Education Boards, SUBEB, need to intensify 

efforts to ensure that no child is left out in the mass literacy drive. 

To this end, all the states need to strictly adhere to the spirit and 

principle of the Child Rights Law which criminalizes denial of access of 

any child to school.

The general perceptive of literacy is ability to read and write. But 

literacy has bigger dimensions than mere ability to read and write. 

According to former United Nations Secretary General, Dr Kofi Anan, 

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a basic tool for daily 

life in modern society. It is a wall against poverty, and a building 

block of development. Literacy is a vehicle for the promotion of 

cultural and national identity.” The implication of this is that 

literacy is central to basic education for all, and crucial for dropping 

child mortality, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable 

development, peace and democracy in the society. For individuals, 

families, and societies alike, it is an instrument of empowerment to 

improve one’s health, one’s income, and one’s relationships.

Annually, September 8 is globally celebrated as International Literacy 

Day. It is a day set aside to draw attention to the importance and 

impact of literacy skills on individuals, communities, and societies. 

Since the day was first celebrated in 1966, on every 8 September, the 

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 

UNESCO, requests governments, employers, trade unions and other key 

global organizations to get involved and appreciate the importance of 

being able to read and write. In countries all over the world, the 

International Literacy Day raises people’s awareness of and concern for 

literacy issues within their own communities. Several activities 

relating to concerns over low literacy levels have taken place as a 

result of this increased awareness. Some of these activities include 

literacy day projects, particularly with regard to technology and 

literature, which are promoted by various organizations including 

reading associations.

HOW UK TACKLE ILLITRACY

63 leading businesses have signed the Vision for Literacy Business 

Pledge 2018 to join the fight to tackle the UK’s literacy crisis which 

costs the economy £2.5 billion every year. Signatories of the pledge 

will look to target their resources where they can make the biggest 

difference to the UK’s literacy challenge – in the early years. 

Established in 2015 by the National Literacy Forum, which is led by us, 

the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge has boosted the reading, writing 

speaking and listening skills of some of the most disadvantaged 

children, young people and families in the UK. 

Throughout the year, businesses including Amazon, Facebook, KPMG, 

McDonald’s and the Premier League will be supported to address the 

literacy problems that exist within their workforces, in the local 

communities where they have a presence, and on a national level. 

Last year, founding signatory KPMG supported the literacy of more than 

500 deprived children with 150 of its employees volunteering 1,000 hours 

of their time on literacy activities. What’s more, the pledge provided 

direct benefits for the businesses involved, with 91% reporting 

increased employee engagement, morale and motivation and 64% 

highlighting an improvement in team working skills.

Over the past three years, the pledge has seen a 46% increase in the 

number of businesses committing their support. Amongst the new 

signatories for 2018 are household names John Lewis, Clarks and Metro 

Bank. The pledge also has the backing of the Department for Education.


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