1 in 5 People in the World are Illiterate

Did you know that 1 in 5 people around the world are illiterate, despite having attended school? We see the ill effects of illiteracy—but if children are attending school, why aren’t literacy rates improving?

Who benefits from NEST’s programs?

Using WordScientists.org, NEST turns research behind language learning into pedagogical practice to make learning effective for all readers. It’s our hope that we can offer these resources to as many students as possible.

Our pilot schools currently support 50 teachers and over 1,000 ethnically diverse students across schools in Kathmandu, Nepal.

In 2015, a devastating earthquake destroyed much of Kathmandu, including the schools these children attended. Unlike the children in neighboring schools, that didn’t have WordScientists.org, one year later they were reading at international standards.

A New Approach: Affordable Teacher Training

Using WordScientists.org, NEST introduces a new model for affordable teacher training for resource-limited communities.

We don’t just offer lesson plans and free books for any classroom—we train teachers so our efforts have true impact, year after year.