One of the biggest challenges facing global education is illiteracy. It is essential for students to obtain basic reading and writing skills. However, due to poverty, social inequality, and other factors, many people around the world can neither write nor read. As highlighted in this piece
, approximately 757 million people around the world lack basic reading and writing skills. Illiteracy is a problem that can lead to other problems such as crime, infant mortality, infectious diseases, and poverty. In steps Project Literacy, a global movement by Pearson that wants to make necessary and sustainable advances in the fight against illiteracy. It has called on innovators, coders, and makers to unite and create a solution to combat illiteracy.
The Project Literacy Makeathon, name of the program in collaboration with Mashable, to find solutions to this global problem. Amid the event, some of solutions developed include new digital tools and mobile apps. Of course, with the rapid growth in technology, there is no better way to fight illiteracy than creating apps that will help illiterates learn how to read and write.