ILA’s 30 Under 30 List Celebrates the Rising Innovators, Disruptors, and Visionaries in the Literacy Field

JACOB SULE of iREAD TO LIVE INITIATIVE, is one of 30 literacy leaders named to the International Literacy Association’s (ILA) 2019 30 Under 30 list. The list celebrates rising leaders in the literacy field—a cohort of young innovators, disruptors and visionaries creating positive change in the global literacy landscape.

The 28 year-old Literacy campaigner, was recognized for [his recent campaigns in strengthening literacy in rural communities in Nigeria, he has established Reading clubs in public schools in Osun state and held several literacy and oratory competitions. He is also a TEACHSDGs Ambassador working tirelessly to Teach the Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria.

“People may forget your names and background, some might disagree with your choices and ideas, But your impacts in changing lives will forever linger in their hearts” Jacob Sule- Executive Director,iRead To Live Initiative.

Representing 13 countries, this year’s list of honorees includes educators, school administrators, nonprofit leaders, authors, volunteers, researchers and social entrepreneurs.

“The individuals on this list are solving critical issues—issues many of them have faced on their own paths to success,” says ILA Executive Director Marcie Craig Post. “Their contributions are paving the way to more accessible and equitable literacy learning in their schools, communities and beyond. It’s an honor to recognize these young leaders whose vision and tenacity are transforming our world.”

JACOB joins an elite class of emerging leaders. Past honorees include Shiza Shahid, cofounder of the Malala Fund; Andrew Sutherland, founder and chief technology officer of Quizlet; and Kathryn Lett, EL teacher at Kentwood Public Schools in Michigan.

To know more about Jacob’ work, contact him via: 

Twitter: @Sulejacobs

[email protected] or 

ILA’s 30 Under 30 honorees are featured in the January/February issue of Literacy Today, ILA’s bi-monthly magazine, which published today. To view theLiteracy Today feature and read more about the honorees’ accomplishments, visit

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