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Nal’ibali’s response on solving the country’s illiteracy crisis

There’s a reason the PIRLS test targeted Grade Fours. The age is a tipping point: if a child remains functionally illiterate at age nine, there is a strong correlation to them remaining so, which in turn leads to an inevitably steep school drop-out shelf.

A 78% illiteracy rate in Grade Four means the next generation will enter the workforce without these very basic skills needed to raise themselves out of poverty. It means a generation without the capacity to learn, to teach, to lead. More alarmingly, it means a generation unable to pass along literacy to their own children, exacerbating the situation still further with every passing year.\

Nal’ibali operates country-wide to spark children’s potential by creating opportunities for children to fall in love with books and stories in home languages as well as English.

Read more about Nal’ibali's literacy interventions in BooksLive

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