At a glanceThe World Literacy Foundation is an independent not-for-profit charitable body, founded in Australia in 2003. We acknowledge education as a basic human right, and believe that literacy unlocks the door to a life of learning. Higher literacy levels enable people to overcome the barriers of poverty, disease and fulfil their potential.


We will raise awareness of the literacy crisis and improve global literacy standards by delivering programs, conferences and the best advice. It is by bringing together governments, NGOs and educators that we will guide and inform local communities and the wider public.


Promoting quality education is our primary goal. Working in partnership with local communities and organisations, we implement sustainable programs which aim to raise literacy standards and give individuals every possible chance to receive a quality education.


Our vision

The vision of the World Literacy Foundation is 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 is dedicated to transforming the lives of the world’s most disadvantaged children by focusing on literacy and education.


Our objectives

  • To raise global literacy standards for men and women, boys and girls
  • To promote the importance of literacy
  • To provide a central platform for champions of literacy
  • To improve the teaching of literacy
  • To make free, basic education available for all the world’s children


Our values

Through our programs the World Literacy Foundation enacts the following core values:

  • A belief in the power of literacy as the most powerful tool we have to unlock doors and conquer poverty
  • A spirit of belonging, community, cooperation and active participation in the delivery of all activities
  • A respect for cultural differences and traditional education systems
  • 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 they have the confidence and self-determination to make choices and 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 learning in an enjoyable, engaging and safe environment

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