TITLE

The World Problem of Illiteracy

PUB. DATE
October 1972
SOURCE
Education Digest;Oct1972, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p30
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on issues related to illiteracy. The developing nations of Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia account for about 2.6 billion of the total world population, and they are growing by 2.3 to 2.9 percent a year. The estimates prepared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Office of Statistics for International Literacy Day in 1970, covering the last two decades, reveal that countries with high rates of illiteracy have a propensity for increasing the absolute numbers of adult illiterates, while countries with relatively low illiteracy rates tend to lower both rate and absolute number of illiterates. However, it is significant that in 10 years the percentage of illiterates in Latin America has decreased by more than a quarter--from 32.5 percent to 23.6 percent, and, against the world trend, the absolute number of illiterates has also decreased. Worldwide in 1960, approximately 735 million of the people aged 15 and above were illiterate. By 1970, the estimated percentage had decreased to 34.2 percent, but the absolute figure had increased to 783 million people.
ACCESSION #
18931150

 

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