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Supporting people’s ability to read and write

Education Subcategories

What is literacy and why is it important?

Literacy is the ability to read and write. Literacy is important because it is necessary to be able to access and understand information in order to function in today's society. It is critical to increasing understanding and knowledge, which can lead to better employment opportunities, higher pay and better quality of life. It also provides the foundation for lifelong learning, which helps equip people with the skills they need to adapt to changing circumstances.

Increasing the literacy rate is associated with improved educational attainment, which has been linked to higher economic growth and a better quality of life. Investing in literacy also increases access to information and opportunities, empowering individuals and communities to push for social and economic change.

How is technology and educational technology improving literacy? 

Technology and educational technology is playing an increasingly important role in improving literacy. This includes utilizing digital platforms that make reading and writing more accessible, such as e-books and online learning tools. Educational technology can also help improve efficiency by providing more personalized and targeted instruction. For example, adaptive learning tools can identify the areas where a student is struggling and provide targeted assistance making content more engaging and effective.

What types of organizations does Tech Jobs for Good support under Literacy Education?

Our literacy impact area includes organizations that touch on some aspect of improving literacy. This spans organizations that are focused on increasing access to literature, early childhood education programs focused on reading and writing, and those advocating for policy change to improve literacy rates.

Literacy Organizations

PBS Logo

PBS and our member stations are America’s largest classroom, the nation’s largest stage for the arts and a trusted window to the world. In addition, PBS's educational media helps prepare children for success in school and opens up the world to them in an age-appropriate way.
Public Infrastructure
Arlington, VA, USA
Edmentum Logo

We create innovative, proven learning technology, partnering with educators to ignite student potential.
Bloomington, MN, USA
Benetech Logo

Software for Social Good
Human Rights & Equality
Palo Alto, CA, USA
First Book Logo
First Book

First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to children in need. Since our founding in 1992, First Book has distributed more than 175 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families.
Washington D.C., DC, USA

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