The Big Book: Stories in Support of Education

The focus of Global Action Week 2009 (April 20 to 26) was on youth and adult literacy and life-long learning to raise awareness about the global literacy challenge.


Under the slogan ‘Open Books, Open Doors’, Global Action Week, led by the Global Campaign for Education, will send a strong signal to policy-makers and the international community on the importance of one of the most neglected Education for All goals. More political commitment, more effective literacy programs and more funding are required to make literacy a basic right for all.

The highlight of the campaign is the “Big Book”, a collection of short stories about how education changes lives.

The Big Book contains stories written by Nelson Mandela, Queen Rania, Paulo Coelho, Beverley Naidoo and others.

You can read some of the stories here. You can visit their website to learn about the ‘THE BIG READ” programme too.

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