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Over 1 of 10 adults are illiterate. 2/3 of them are women.
In celebration of International Literacy Day 2013, a new UNESCO infographic illustrates the problem:

Infographic Unesco International Literacy Day

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Posted by Rosevita Warda in education, English, literacy, self-development.

2 Responses to International Literacy Day – Infographic

  1. Bruce Deitrick Price says:

    Turn the headline around. You’re saying almost 90% of adults are literate. That’s actually very good but I don’t think it’s close. The US has tens of millions of functional illiterates…

    • admin says:

      Bruce, the number I quoted comes from UNESCO. I’ve seen numbers as high as close to 50% of US adults being functional illiterates… comes down to how you define/measure illiteracy.
      Is it people who don’t know the alphabet?
      Those who struggle reading?
      Those who don’t have enough education to understand correctly and communicate effectively?
      I don’t think there’s a universally accepted definition so the numbers contain a lot of guess work.
      What is obvious is that the problem is significant and at the root of many other problems we struggle with today.

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