of the global illiterate population live in Southern Asia.
of all illiterate adults live in sub-Saharan Africa.
UNESCO Institute for Statistics, 2017
Literacy opens doors.
When people can read Scripture in a language they clearly understand, they can better interact with it and integrate it into their lives. That’s why literacy programs often go hand in hand with Bible translation. And when they gain access to other translated resources like Bible studies and devotional materials, local churches thrive spiritually.
Literacy also benefits the broader community. It can preserve previously unwritten languages and help record traditional forms of oral history and storytelling. Literacy is also an important part of life-saving health and hygiene promotion and helps subsistence farmers grow more productively and sustainably. In a rapidly changing world, literacy opens doors to education, economic empowerment, and a better life for the next generation.