literacy Libraries are ESSENTIAL

No matter gender or circumstance, everyone has the right to learn basic literacy skills

Most of us are fortunate enough to receive an education and learn to read and write, paving the way for a hopeful future and a world of possibilities. Literacy is fundamental for learning. Reading and writing empowers individuals to participate in society, achieve their dreams and to experience the joy of a good book. But there are many communities where boys and girls do not receive an education, let alone learn basic literacy skills. What sort of future will those children have? 

Jane Austen was a pioneer of her time, and the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation embraces technology as a powerful literacy tool. E-libraries provide schools and communities with literacy teaching tools (as all can access the same book at the same time) and access to text books as well as books for general reading.


775 million adults worldwide cannot read or write

115 million children worldwide do not attend school

Almost two thirds of children without literacy skills are girls

UNESCO Institute for Statistics 2015



  • Stories provoke curiosity and discussion
  • Books provide inspiration, thought and reflection
  • Listening to stories assists in the development of literacy skills and language development
  • Reading a variety of books exposes learners to a wide range of language features and vocabulary
  • Books and stories fill a mind with knowledge
  • Exposure to books contributes to the understanding of print concepts (e.g. left to right, right to bottom)
  • Picture books help readers to develop an appreciation for art and writing
  • Stories stimulate empathy, imagination and play
  • Sitting down with a book provides people with a time for quiet and calmness in their busy lives


  • Writing develops imagination and allows us to explore ideas
  • Putting pen to paper provides an outlet to express emotions and thoughts
  • Writing develops thinking, planning and concentration skills
  • Using a pen or pencil improves dexterity and hand-eye coordination
  • Writing stories assists in spelling and language development
  • Documenting experiences informs others and leaves a legacy for future generations
  • Sharing knowledge and facts allows others to learn
  • Writing requires reflection, helping children create their identity
  • Writing builds self esteem, confidence and pride