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How Adult Literacy Boosts the Textile Sector in Liberia

Hundreds of women transform from illiterate and unemployed to literate small business owners who contribute to the economy.

This story is part of an ongoing campaign called the Alphabet of Illiteracy. By using letters themselves—the foundation of reading and writing—Project Literacy examines the ways illiteracy underpins some of the greatest challenges facing the world today. Below, we explore the letter T for “Trillion Dollars”.

A market selling textiles and other provisions in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo by Flickr user Mark Fischer

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The Curious Link Between Hungry Buffaloes and Gender Inequality in Nepal

Feeding these 2,000-pound beasts is no easy task. #projectliteracy

This story is part of an ongoing campaign called the Alphabet of Illiteracy. By using letters themselves—the foundation of reading and writing—Project Literacy examines the ways illiteracy underpins some of the greatest challenges facing the world today. Below, we explore the letter G, for Gender Inequality. Learn more about the relationship between illiteracy and gender inequality when you click on the letter G.

A buffalo in Terai, Nepal. Image via (cc) Flickr user Nicolas Mirguet.

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Why Are Poor Students in London Doing So Much Better Than Almost Everyone Else?

For students and teachers, the rewards of diversity outweigh the challenges. #projectliteracy

A new report says that migrant aspiration is a big reason London’s classrooms are so successful. Image of Open Generation London via Flickr user Migrants' Rights Network (cc).

It’s called the “London effect” in educational circles. Since the mid-1990s, schools in the English capital have seen continuous improvements, making the city an educational success story for the most unlikely segment of British society: poorer children, in particular those with ethnic minority backgrounds.

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