About the Challenge

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Thank you for joining Students Rebuild, Save the Children and Global Nomads Group to improve youth reading and writing skills around the world! We launched the Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge on September 8, 2014--International Literacy Day. Thank you for making and mailing in bookmarks. The Bezos Family Foundation matched your bookmarks with a $300,000 donation to support Save the Children’s Literacy Boost program in Latin America (Peru), Africa (Mali) and Asia (Nepal). 

Why is reading and writing so important?

Illiteracy can lead to poverty, low self-esteem and isolation, poor health, unemployment / weak economies, inequality and more.  Worldwide, 250 million children of primary school age cannot read or write—whether they attend school or not. More than 30 million girls are out of school today and children from the poorest 20% of the population are four times more likely to be out of school than their wealthier peers. 

Save the Children distributed a selection of your bookmarks to Literacy Boost students in Malawi, Nepal and to children in their U.S. programs. Funding generated by the Challenge have stocked Save the Children’s international book banks in Peru, Mali and Nepal, improve school attendance, reading comprehension and self-confidence. You can follow the latest updates about the Challenge on the Literacy BlogQuestions? Visit our Literacy Challenge FAQ page.