Learning to read at an early age is a fundamental skill for higher learning at all grade levels and in all subject areas. Research evidence shows that, in addition to being a key indicator of future educational achievement, effective reading contributes to economic productivity and an individual’s full participation in modern society. Children who do not learn to read in the early grades fall further behind each year, curtailing their future educational and economic opportunities. If all students in developing countries acquired basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty. (EFA GMR 2010/2011, UNESCO)
Early grade reading matters because the futures of children matter.
An estimated 387 million children, 258 million of whom have spent at least four years in school, are not learning foundational reading skills.
(EFA GMR 2013/2014, UNESCO)