Project Literacy Lab Is Tackling the Global Illiteracy Gap

Pearson and The Unreasonable Group are leveraging the Project Literacy platform to support entrepreneurship and close the global literacy gap by 2030. The Unreasonable Group works with entrepreneurs to address major challenges such as poverty and social injustice, providing world-class mentors, funders, and partners to help grow their impact.

Our partnership with Unreasonable provides an accelerator in key markets, supporting rapid-growth enterprises that can help tackle the global illiteracy gap. The first accelerator program featured 16 companies across 32 countries, reaching a total of 11 million people worldwide. These ventures have raised a total of $68.5 million in funding, and 80 percent have seen increased or equal results in their impact performance since the accelerator launched.

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About Project Literacy

Our Project Literacy campaign has one overarching ambition: to make significant and sustainable advances in the fight against illiteracy by 2030 so that all people — regardless of geography, language, race, class, or gender — have the opportunity to fulfil their potential through the power of words.

Project Literacy convenes a network of over 90 partners across business, civil society, and government with a broad range of experience and expertise, including Room to Read, Doctors of the World, The Hunger Project, Microsoft, The Unreasonable Group, and UNESCO. Together, we are working to raise awareness and mobilize action, advance best practices, and innovate for new solutions to close the literacy gap.

Since 2015, the campaign has reached 2.25 billion people through broadcast, print, and online media, mobilized a community of over 200,000 online advocates, driven more than 20,000 volunteer referrals to partner organizations, and contributed US$8.7 million in funding for solutions. Overall, we estimate that 700,000 adults, parents, and children will benefit from Pearson’s support through Project Literacy.

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