10 September 2012

Global Illiteracy: A Concentrated Problem

The face of illiteracy is that of a poor woman from Africa or southern Asia. According to the UN Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC), roughly 2/3 of the 800 million people thought to be illiterate around the world are women. They note that overall school enrollment is up by 6 percentage points in developing countries to 89% as of 2008, a pace of growth still short of the MDG targets.

“Education brings sustainability to all the development goals, and literacy is the foundation of all learning. It provides individuals with the skills to understand the world and shape it, to participate in democratic processes and have a voice, and also to strengthen their cultural identity,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said last year.

International Literacy Day was marked on the 8th of September. Here is an infographic from UNRIC with some more information about the impacts of the problem.

Literacy in the World
by UNRIC.Browse more infographics.