Jane Austen Literacy Foundation

The author of this page is honoured to support The Jane Austen Literacy Foundation (JALF) founded and chaired by Caroline Jane Knight, the 5th great niece of Jane Austen.

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JALF Mission

To improve global literacy rates by raising money to fund reading and writing   resources for communities in need across the world, in honour of Jane Austen.

JALF Vision

A world where everyone, regardless of gender and circumstance, has the literacy   skills they need to inform their choices, achieve their ambitions and contribute to   their community.

The Jane Austen Literacy Foundation is a registered not for profit organisation run by volunteers. The foundation was created to harness the global passion for Jane Austen to fund literacy resources for communities in need across the world.  It is founded and chaired by Caroline Jane Knight, the fifth great niece of Jane Austen and the last of the Austen descendants to be raised in the family’s ancestral home in Chawton, where Jane herself lived and wrote her most famous works.

JALF believes that everyone, no matter gender or circumstance, has the right to learn basic literacy skills. Many of us are very lucky and have the opportunity to receive an education where we can learn these invaluable skills. However, there are many communities around the world where this is not the case: literacy rates in developing, low income and war-torn countries are staggeringly low, and the gap between men and women even more so.

JALF works alongside reputable charitable organisations such as UNICEF and The Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation and assist in funding basic materials like colouring pencils, pens, paper, children’s books and novels for communities in need.

Get involved: janeaustenlf.org/

Subscribe to JALF online journal Pride & Possibilities: janeaustenlf.org/pride-and-possibilities/

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