This Christmas, help us complete the literacy puzzle in Timor-Leste.

In early 2020 we are launching one of our most ambitious programs yet. Our digital library will become available in Timor-Leste helping improve the literacy of 1000s of children and their families. The limited number of government schools, and their distance from many remote and rural populations, hinders access to education for Timor-Leste’s children. Even where accessible, the quality of the education received remains poor. 

Importantly, books and educational resources in Tetum, the national language, are scarce. With your help, Library For All can supply this crucial missing piece of the literacy puzzle. 

A World Bank Study showed that 8 out 10 children in Grade 5 had not achieved ‘minimum levels of learning.’ For example, more than 70 percent of students at the end of Grade 1 could not read a single word of the simple text passage they were presented with. This improved only slightly for older grades with 40 percent basic literacy at the end of Grade 2, and about 20 percent at the end of Grade 3. This issue also disproportionally impacts women later in life, with adult female illiteracy in the country standing at 32%, compared to 21% for men (Timor Leste Strategic Development Plan 2011-2030).

We're asking our supporters to help improve the literacy of Timor-Leste's children by giving generously to help us deliver a practical solution. Simply select a preset donation amount option, or choose your own. Thank you.