Approximately 775 million people around the world are illiterate, lacking the basic reading and writing skills to manage daily living and employment tasks. The cost of this to the global economy is estimated at $1.19 trillion. Lack of education limits opportunities for employment and income generation and leads to higher chances of poor health.
Educating girls and women has a particularly transformative effect. It is estimated that if all women completed primary education, there would be 66% fewer maternal deaths. 
What We Do
Our programmes help to free time and money for education by tackling poverty, improving health and providing more efficient means of heating, lighting and cooking. We provide reliable energy to schools and homes, allowing access to computers and the internet and providing light to study after dark. We also improve facilities within schools, for example by providing access to safe drinking water.
We support lifelong learning, helping communities develop new skills and creating jobs. Examples include creating local teams of educators to deliver hand washing and sanitation advice to householders, teaching communities to grow, plant and sell new saplings to regenerate a rainforest, creating new skilled jobs managing hydro plants and supporting the development of new manufacturing and retail supply chains for products like clean cookers.
What You Can Do
By supporting and expanding our programmes you can help improve opportunities for people to fulfil their potential and work their way out of poverty. Our models are proven and cost effective ways to deliver this change at scale, to the people that need it the most.
- Develop new projects to improve access to education
- Integrate education into your sustainability programme
- Support education through carbon offsetting
Contact us to find out more about programmes to improve access to education
 International Literacy Day 2015