Literacy isn’t just about reading books. Reading and writing are tools for eradicating poverty, oppression, a means of reducing child mortality, and the key to gender equality. In today’s high-technology world, illiteracy usually equals unemployment and an inability to compete.
Children & Young Adults
World Literacy Rates
Illiteracy is an overwhelming problem in developing nations. Countries in South Asia, West Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa have particularly low rates of literacy and in Haiti, only half of adults can read. Two-thirds of the world’s illiterate are female; in Afghanistan, as few as 12 percent can read..