Ladies Learning to be Literate!

Teaching Women to Read

Why is literacy important?

​A connection has been found between the education of a mother and her, along with her children’s, likelihood to survive childbirth (Oates). If more women became literate, they and their children would benefit in many areas of life (Moszynski). A literate mother is more able to keep her child medically healthy, out of human trafficking rings, and involved in education themselves. Children with literate parents generally live in wealthy households, have access to clean drinking water, and use adequate sanitation facilities (Oates).


In 1994 Taliban took control of Afghanistan’s government. One of the Taliban’s goals was to oppress women, and the extremists achieved this cruel act through lies and illiteracy (Truth Out). Only 12 per cent of women can read in Afghanistan. This strikingly low number is due to the lack access to schools. 38 percent or 4.2 million, of Afghani children don’t have any access to a school education (UN Women). The educational opportunities for women in Afghanistan are few and far. According to the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, of the 6 million children now in attendance of a school only 35 percent of them are girls. This statistic is on the better side, with some parts of the countries have 3 percent attendance by girls (Feminist Majority Foundation). Since 2001 significant strides have been made towards educating women, however it hasn't been enough. Despite improvements, problems, both new and old, have persisted and stalled the education of many Afghani women (Oates).

South Sudan

​ According to an education specialist at UNESCO, it is thought that South Sudan has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world. 98% of South Sudan’s population has never even completed primary school. UNICEF in South Sudan did a study that showed only around 30% of South Sudanese minors have ever been inside of a classroom (IRIN) and only ⅓ of children in South Sudanese schools are females (UNICEF). While many females are underrepresented in South Sudan, the education for them is improving. The number of students enrolled in classes went from 400,000 in 2005 to around 1.3 million today. However, only about 10% of women are literate (Moszynski).

Ladies Learning to be Literate!

Kalle Solberg and Ashley Gulrud

Newton High School

1600 Oak Tree Dr.

Newton, Rhode Island

Phone: 123-456-7890