According to UIS-UNESCO report, globally, six out of ten children and adolescents are not learning a minimum in reading and mathematics. The total – 617 million – includes more than 387 million children of primary school age and 230 million adolescents of lower secondary school age. This means that more than one-half – 56% – of all children won’t achieve minimum proficiency levels by the time they should be completing primary education. The proportion is even higher for adolescents at 61%.
Is this statistic applicable to Singapore? Despite being an affluent country, there are still a group of children from underprivileged families who do struggle with reading. Having the ability to read opens up minds and doors of opportunities for children to fulfil their dreams and become contributing global citizen. Thankfully, there are several reading programs catered to help this group of underprivileged children in Singapore.
1. ReadAble – A community of passionate people who believe in beating poverty one word at a time.
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3. Room to Read- We Believe that World Change Starts with Educated Children.®