Books in your own language creates a world of opportunity - especially for girls.
Discover why in our 90 second video.
What if there were no books in your language?
To succeed, you need a good education.
That means starting off well when learning how to read.
But to learn how to read, you need books.
Lots of books!
(800 pages actually)
And you need them in your language. That makes a huge difference.
Here's the problem... Many kids don't have books in their language.
Did you know that more than 220 million children do not have access to education in their language?
And that's a big reason for why they drop out. 75% of out-of-school girls are ethnic, linguistic, religious or cultural minorities.
That's why we're starting the Her Book, Her Language campaign...
...To help remote communities create their own school libraries that are filled with books in their language.
Having books in their languages means that kids - especially girls - are less likely to repeat grades or drop out.
That makes a generational impact. Each year of additional primary school is worth 10-20% more in future earnings, and children of mothers are 50% more likely to survive to age 5 and twice as likely to go to school themselves.
Learn more about how you can support communities to create books in their language.
Kids who are learning stay in school.
The language a teacher is speaking is crucial to students learning and keeping them in school. Today there are some 71 million adolescents in low income countries that are receiving no post-primary education. One study of 22 countries and 160 languages found that lack of education in a child’s first language was a significant reason for children to drop out.
Another study in Mali found that students learning in their first language are three times less likely to drop out and five times less likely to repeat a year, compared with fellow students that were not learning in their first language.
Books are Essential to support kids success
Teaching in the first language not only decreases a child’s risk of dropping out of school, but also increases her chance at succeeding in the classroom. One assessment of language and learning in Vietnam showed that 68% of students in first language, multilingual classrooms scored excellent on standardized tests, compared to 28% of non-first language classrooms.
Education is an investment in the future.
When children stay in school they grow up to send their own children to school. When a mother can read, her children are 50% more likely to survive past the age of five (UNESCO) and twice as likely to go to school themselves (UNICEF).
Health and Sanitation
Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren't strong enought to fight diarrhea, dysentery, and other illnesses.
90% of the 30,000 deaths that occur each week from unsafe water and unhygenic living condtions are in children under five years old. The WHO reports that over 3.6"% of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water suply, sanitation, and hygiene.
Women & Children
In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year walking for water. Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection, walking miles to the nearest source, which is unprotected and likely contaminated.
Time spent walking and resulting diseases keep them from school, work, and taking care of their families. Along their long walk, they're subjected to a greater risk of harassment and sexual assult. With safe water nearby, women are free to pursue new opportunities and improve their families' lives.
Feeding our world takes up to 90% of our freshwater withdrawals. When a water project is built in a community, members can often use the new water source to grow small gardens near their homes and secure their own food supply. Self-sufficient households are less affected by conflict, famine or inadequate government services
In most rural communities worldwide, women and young girls are responsible for walking to collect water for their families. Building a water project nearby can give women the freedom to pursue an education or earn extra income. Water Committees are often the first chance for women to step into elected leadership roles.
2050 - The Future
At the end of 2012, we hit a milestone - we reached three million people served. But by 2050, the world's population is estmated to grow by three billion and 90% will be in the developing world. Unless sustainable water solutions are scaled fast, regions already stressed for water sources will be over capacity.