2015: Literacy Challenge
Access to Literacy Programs

Literacy Challenge Webcasts Recap

333,453 bookmarks generated $300,000 for literacy programs

September 2014 — May 2015

Students Rebuild partnered with Save the Children and Global Nomads Group to improve youth reading and writing skills around the world. For each bookmark we received, the Bezos Family Foundation donated $1—up to $300,000—to Save the Children’s Literacy Boost program in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Challenge Overview

Imagine not reading or writing.

Worldwide, 250 million children of elementary school age cannot read or write. Some students – especially girls – don’t learn to read and write because they do not attend school. For other students who attend school, they don’t have access to good books and supplies to help them become strong readers and writers. This means that millions of children around the world don’t get to unlock their dreams.

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Literacy is key to a bright future.

Throughout the Challenge, students around the world learned that illiteracy can lead to poverty, poor health, unemployment, inequality, low self-esteem, and more. Live webcasts gave teams around the world an opportunity to hear firsthand from parents and educators how literacy can change the lives of children, and change the country’s future.

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Young people around the world helped make reading accessible, and interesting.

To celebrate reading, over 1,500 teams around the world created 300,000 handmade bookmarks which Save the Children distributed to students in Malawi, Nepal and to children in the United States. These bookmarks generated a $300,000 donation from the Bezos Family Foundation to programs in Peru, Mali, and Nepal.

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To learn to read, you need good books!

The funding that teams unlocked with every handmade bookmark helped create book banks in Peru, Mali, and Nepal, so children like twelve-year-old Sampurna, and his classmates in Nepal could read about subjects that interest them. Sampurna found a book about Mount Everest in the library at the reading camp funded because of the hard work, compassion, and creativity of students worldwide.

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Reading together, learning together.

In Apurimac, Peru, Save the Children implemented a program to boost reading skills in both Spanish and native languages. Children like Abigail were supported in their love of reading with books and facilitated reading camps. The project also trained teachers, engaged the community, and created more reading opportunities for children inside and outside the classroom.

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300,000 bookmarks for new readers

Save the Children distributed 300,000 incredible bookmarks young people made to students in Malawi, Nepal and to children in the United States.
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The Thinkpeace team sets a big goal for each Students Rebuild Challenge!

The Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy team hard at work making bookmarks for the Literacy Challenge.

These children are as excited babout reading as we are!

We love these bookmarks by 13th Peterborough Pathfinders & Rangers (Girls Guide of Canada)!

The Integrated Arts Academy team worked hard on their bookmarks for the Literacy Challenge!

Beautiful bookmarks by BlueDevilTAG.

Every Saturday, at least 27 boys and girls from Tingharawa, Nepal, gather at Chandra Kala's home. As a community volunteer, she hosts a reading camp to help children learn Nepali.

These rainbow bookmarks brighten our day :)

“Before, I could not read and write, but the Save the Children reading camp has taught me a lot,” says Awa who lives in a small village called Missirikoro in Mali.

This pre-k class made 92 bookmarks to support their friends around the world in learing to read!

Impossible to lose your place with one of these fantastically bright bookmarks! We love them!

Where we came from

Bookmarks from around the world

Here are the places our Literacy Challenge teams call home. Click through the map to learn more about each team.
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Literacy Challenge Teaching Materials

The Challenge is over, but you can still make a difference.

Teaching materials from the Literacy Challenge are available for free download at any time.
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