International Literacy Day: What does literacy look like in Togo?

Happy International Literacy Day!

Since 1966, the world has celebrated International Literacy Day on September 8 – UNESCO introduced this day to be a celebration of the written word, and of the right to learn to read and write.

In the years since, we have learnt that literacy leads to the empowerment of women in society, builds self esteem, lowers infant mortality, improves overall health, and increases political participation.

What do we know about literacy in Togo?

The adult literacy rate in Togo is currently 60.4%. For boys between the ages of 15 and 24, it is at 86%. For girls, it is 72%. According to the UN, the majority of illiterate people in the world are rural women. Rural girls in particular are considered to be doubly disadvantaged – they are much less likely than urban girls to attend school.

This holds true for girls in the rural Savannah region of Togo, where Education 4 All operates. Girls in this region are more likely than boys to repeat grades, drop out early, and withdraw from school to help with domestic or farming duties.

This is why, in addition to helping girls get access to school, we also support our partners in working with the community on the importance of educating girls.

Our goal: Improve the literacy rate

We want to have a direct positive impact on the literacy rate in Togo.

This September, we aim to raise $5,000 for our Education 4 All program in Togo. This would be our biggest campaign yet, and allow over 224 girls to attend school, all of whom would be unable to afford school fees otherwise.

Learn more about how you can get involved.

Jennifer Chapin,