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World Vision and Partners Launch Fund to Promote Childhood Literacy

Today World Vision (US and Australia), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and AusAid, the Australian aid agency, will announce their partnerhip “All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development” at USAID headquarters in Washington, D.C. The partners have committed $20 million for this challenge to promote childhood literacy around the world.  The program will be launched at an event today in Washington D.C. with several speakers, including the Secretary of Education, the USAID Administrator and World Vision’s own Kent Hill.  Alex Trebek, the host of “Jeopardy!” will serve as master of ceremonies.

According to USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah noted that more than 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty if all students in low income countries left school with basic reading skills – equivalent to a 12 percent cut in global poverty. To improve student reading literacy and access to future economic opportunities, the three organizations will be funding innovation projects to promote literacy among children in the primary grades.

 “Our goal is to help children, especially girls, gain access to quality early childhood education and primary education by strengthening community involvement in education and fostering an enabling environment for learning,” said Kent Hill, Senior Vice President of International Programs at World Vision.  “We believe that All Children Reading will help create sustainable development solutions that will promote literacy among millions of children worldwide.”

For more information about All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development, please visit: www.AllChildrenReading.org.

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