Literacy Boost

  • P Project/Program

Key Information

While more children are in school today than ever before, many are not learning basic skills like reading once they get there. Save the Children's Literacy Boost is helping to change that by creating a culture of reading both inside and outside the classroom that dramatically improves children’s literacy development. Literacy Boost helps children learn to read and read to learn by measuring kids' reading skills to see how well they know their ABCs, sound out words and letters, read and understand sentences, training teachers to help children crack the code of reading, keep students engaged and interested in reading books, and use games, songs and stories in literacy lessons, and getting communities involved in learning by providing books, libraries and supplies, sponsoring camps, "reading buddies" and other learning activities.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


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Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burundi, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zimbabwe


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COVID-19 Response


Government Affiliation


Ministry Affiliation


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Teacher training


  • Literacy

Cross-cutting areas

  • Community sensitization

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys (both in school and out of school), Girls (both in school and out of school)


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School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

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Other populations reached

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Participants include

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Program Approaches Back to Top

Community engagement/advocacy/sensitization

  • General awareness-raising/community engagement

Social/gender norms change

  • Engaging parents/caregivers of students or school-age children/adolescents


  • In-service teacher training – pedagogy general

Tutoring/strengthening academic skills

  • Literacy - in the classroom
  • Literacy - outside the classroom

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Increased literacy

Cross-cutting goals

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