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Check out our Pilot Project in Kenya and see our primary regions of interest. We're not going to stop in Kenya.  



Korogocho, Nairobi, Kenya

Summer, 2022

Partners: Apollo Murigi at Masterpeace Kenya and Mary Oliech from Miss Koch, Kenya.

Kenya is a country of almost 54 million people. And 5.7 million cannot read or write, 10% of the population. And illiteracy in Kenya, as with most other places, is focused around poverty. Nairobi is Kenya’s capital. It has 15 slums. Korogocho, to the north east of the city, is the 4th largest of these. We talked to the people who live there. 200,000 people pressed into just over half a square mile. Korogocho in Swahili means 'shoulder to shoulder


Dandora Boy. The book for the Children of Korogocho. "Samuel is a magical boy, who our heroes find at the Dandora dumpsite. He takes them on a trip to different places, different times and shows them things they would never forget, shows them worlds they couldn't imagine. Can the kids use their new knowledge to change the lives of all of their families?"

Korogocho. The Mini-Documentary. We talk to the residents of the slum about the place they live, their lives, the hopes they have for their children and how we can help. 


Making Dandora Boy. A quick 3 minute promotional video about how we made Dandora Boy and our Lesson Plan.


Donate to the Korogocho Project. Let's carry on helping the volunteer teachers help the kids of Korogocho.

The goal is to do all this in as many regions as we can. Currently, 8020 has local coordinator volunteers and teachers set up and ready to help us in the following countries.



In 2018, adult literacy rate for Uganda was 76.5 %. Though Uganda adult literacy rate fluctuated substantially in recent years, it tended to increase through 2002 - 2018 period ending at 76.5 % in 2018.



Tanzania's current adult literacy rate is 77.89 percent, but the country has retrogressed compared to the situation in the 1970s when the literacy rates hovered around 90 percent, and were among the highest in the world.



UNICEF reports that the total literacy rate for Cameroon from 2003-2008 was 68% of the population, with 77% of the males and less than 60% of the females having basic literacy skills



Low enrolment rates, particularly in rural areas, and widespread attrition are two reasons why. According to government statistics from 2011, 20 percent of children dropped out as early as grade two, and only about 50 percent of pupils remained in school until grade eight.


South Africa

World Bank data show the country has an 87% adult literacy rate, ranking below countries such as Mexico (95%), Brazil (93%) and Azerbaijan (99.8%). The figure for South Africa represents a decline of around 7% in two years.

And our goal is to extend our programme to the following countries, the least literate in the world.



The rate of illiteracy among youth is around 70 per cent, which is about more than 2 million youth who do not know how to read or write.  The situation is even more alarming among girls aged 15 to 24, where the rate climbs to more than 77 per cent.



In 2018, adult literacy rate for Guinea was 39.6 %. Though Guinea adult literacy rate fluctuated substantially in recent years, it tended to increase through 1996 - 2018 period ending at 39.6 % in 2018. 


South Sudan

In South Sudan, the adult literacy rate was 32 % in 2015[3], up by 19.18 % from 2008(27%) [3,4] but is still one of the lowest rates in the world today. Hence, there are generally low health literacy skills among the population.



Niger’s literacy rate is improving among younger generations, but it’s still one of the world’s lowest. On average, 39.7% of Nigeriens ages 15-24 can read, but only 13.7% of Nigeriens ages 65+ can read. By the end of primary school, the vast majority of Nigerien students still cannot read or write.



In 2020, adult literacy rate for Mali was 30.8 %. Though Mali adult literacy rate fluctuated substantially in recent years, it tended to increase through 2003 - 2020 period ending at 30.8 % in 2020.



In 2018, adult literacy rate for Central African Republic was 37.4 %. Though Central African Republic adult literacy rate fluctuated substantially in recent years, it tended to increase through 1975 - 2018 period ending at 37.4 % in 2018.


Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso in West Africa has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world, at 29 percent overall and 22 percent for women. It is also one of the world's poorest countries, ranking 183rd out of 186 on the UNDP's Human Development Index.



The gross literacy rate among the 15-24 age-group11 was only 40.5% in 2002 with a gender parity of 0.54, with only 29.1% of girls literate compared with 54% of boys



Currently, over 10 million youth and adults in Afghanistan are illiterate. There are massive challenges and a great number of people who lack literacy and opportunities for continuing education. They also still face a substantial gender gap. The literacy rate for men stands at 55 per cent; for women, it's only 29.8 per cent.


Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is one of the countries with the highest illiteracy rates in the world. The New Education Policy for Sierra Leone maintains that 69.3 percent of the male population is illiterate, while 80.0 percent of the female population is illiterate.



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