TITLE

World Illiteracy

PUB. DATE
October 1969
SOURCE
Education Digest;Oct1969, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p60
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article informs that according to a survey by United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officials, the worldwide battle against illiteracy could still be lost. With population increases outstripping literacy drives, the number of illiterates in the world is inexorably rising. In 1970, according to UNESCO figures, out of a world population of 2.335 billion adults, illiterates could number 810 million if the previous rate of reduction is maintained. The report, prepared in connection with a forthcoming book on the literacy effort, shows that in some countries the population is increasing so fast that literacy campaigns can only slow down the rate at which illiterates increase. Although literacy projects are primarily national efforts, the UNESCO report cites such encouraging developments as the increased support from industry for work-oriented literacy schemes, and bilateral aid from the richer countries.
ACCESSION #
18831854

 

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