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.
Project Literacy Lab, formed in 2016, is the world’s first international partnership focused on supporting rapid growth ventures that are positioned to close the global literacy gap by 2030. To date, the Project Literacy Lab has worked with 29 social entrepreneurs to help scale up their proven interventions across 120 countries with $121 million in combined revenue and financing. Collectively the Lab ventures reach over 18 million customers.
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.