Spread the Words’ Work

Spread the Words works to increase early literacy in Africa by:
      ~ encouraging people to start, connect with and support libraries they’ve created, and
      ~ providing
digital teaching materials for classrooms without books.

Start  libraries     

Connect with your libraries

Support early literacy around the world


“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.”

– Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Nelson Mandela (South Africa)

Did you know . . .

- 72 million children do not have access to an education? Half live in sub-Saharan Africa.

- 1 in 5 adults in the world cannot read or write?  2 in 5 live in Africa.

- It is 50% more likely that a child will live past age 5 if his or her mother is literate?

- It is 50% more likely that a girl will not get HIV/AIDS if she finishes primary school?

2012 ends the United Nation’s Literacy Decade.
There is so much more work to do.

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