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Somalia schoolchildren sitting in a group (© Ismail Taxta/UNICEF-Somalia)

Somalia’s next generation of storytellers

Somalia has long been known for its poets and storytellers. Learn about a U.S.-backed program using oral traditions to help strengthen literacy there.
Person standing against a low wall bordering a river (© Olena Hromova/Alamy)

Study abroad prepares students for success

The 2019 Open Doors report shows the benefits of international student exchanges, enhancing students' ability to succeed.
Five children in a row holding books up to their faces (© Wavebreak Media Ltd./Alamy)

5 ways the U.S. supports literacy around the world

Find out how the U.S. is helping to build a literate world where everyone has an equal chance to succeed in life and work.
Three young schoolchildren walking on road (© QxQ Images/Alamy)

Teaching English in Japan shapes lives, including the teachers’

The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program gives Americans and others a chance to live in Japan while teaching English. Here's one person's experience.
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Melania Trump delivers books, balls and hope in Malawi

Melania Trump, in Africa, saw up close the needs of Malawi's children at a school with 110 pupils per teacher. The U.S. donates millions of books to Malawi.
Man wearing three medals of math symbols (Doug Thompson/State Dept.)

Team USA solves for victory at international math competition

For the third time in four years, Team USA ranked first in the International Mathematical Olympiad, the standard for excellence in youth mathematics.
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How to spot disinformation [video]

Disinformation circulates in a variety of ways online and is often difficult to detect. Watch this video to learn more about the history of disinformation, its effects and ways to spot it.
Hand holding food in bowl (Culinary Literacy Center)

Trading schoolbooks for cookbooks

Through cooking and sharing meals together, nonnative English speakers in Philadelphia's Edible Alphabet program improve their English literacy.
Illustration of Rauan Kenzhekhanuly (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Reviving the Kazakh language on Wikipedia

Rauan Kenzhekhanuly is on a mission to spread his native Kazakh language, and he's doing it through an unlikely medium: Wikipedia.