Get to know the new Global Reading Network
Welcome to the new Global Reading Network website! The website’s new features include a wide range of functionality and a wealth of resources designed to facilitate learning and action.
Who Are We?
The Global Reading Network is made up of a Steering Committee, multiple Working Groups, and Task Teams--and of course the Members--who all work to advance early grade reading efforts around the world.
Why Numeracy?
Mathematical reasoning contributes to making children functionally literate which impacts lifelong learning. We collaborate with the Numeracy Committee of Practice and also share Numeracy resources on our website.
Get to Know the Steering Committee
The work of the Global Reading Network would not be possible without the support and commitment of our partners. Get to know them.

Our Work

The Global Reading Network seeks to improve the impact, scale, and sustainability of primary grade reading programs.

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Fostering technical leadership, evidence building, and knowledge sharing.
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Offering opportunities to design, pilot, and evaluate innovations to improve reading programs.
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Identifying social mobilization and behavior change strategies to help parents/caregivers, households, communities, and governments to support young readers at home and in school.
Filling the knowledge-practice gap through facilitating opportunities for dialogue, professional development, and collaborative activities.
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Collecting and sharing resources including assessments, tools, and training materials.
Advocating for increased attention to the vital importance of reading success in the primary grades.

Why Reading?

250 million children around the world are not learning foundational reading skills, 130 million of whom have spent at least four years in school.

The Global Reading Network seeks to remedy this critical problem by connecting stakeholders, individuals, and organizations committed to ensuring that all children are able to read.

Latest News

April 20, 2016

URC, on behalf of the ACR-GCD partners, USAID, World Vision, DFAT and Global Book Fund, is requesting proposals from responsible organizations interested in using Enabling Writers book-writing software to develop hundreds of new book titles for young children in developing countries.

October 26, 2015

Over the last 15 years, basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to achieve universal education. Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals addresses the targets to improve global literacy and education by 2030.

October 14, 2015

John Wood, former executive at Microsoft and co-founder of Room to Read, works to provide books in local languages and create school libraries in developing countries in order to improve child literacy.

September 9, 2015

International Literacy Day (ILA) 2015 was a great success in shining the spotlight on global literacy needs! The ILD kit classroom activities is available inside.

Upcoming Events

October 26, 2016

The Global Reading Network invites you to a webinar on The Untapped Potential of Supporting Learning Outside School: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial in Rwanda


January 1, 2014

The Nigeria Reading and Access Research Activity (RARA) is designed to carry out research in the areas of early grade reading and access to education in Nigeria.

Agatha van Ginkel
May 1, 2014
Most people around the world speak more than one language and many more would like to do so.  Africa, for example, is home to about one-third of the world’s languages,and most people there use multiple langu