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Monday, 21 January 2013

EU action against illiteracy in developing countries

Since 2007, the European Commission has invested €4 billion in 48 developing countries in the effort to improve levels of illiteracy, enabling 9 million pupils to enrol in school and 720 000 primary teachers to receive training.
Literacy is crucial for economic development and fighting poverty. Literacy has been found to have a positive effect on GDP per capita. If all children in low-income countries could read, it is estimated that poverty could drop by 12%. 775 million adults, two-thirds of whom are women, still lack basic reading and writing skills.
Illiteracy tends to prevail in low-income countries where severe poverty is widespread. Literacy is poorest in sub-Saharan Africa and in South and West Asia. Adult literacy rates were below 50% in several countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Haiti, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Sierra Leone), with even less than 30%, such as Niger.


Source: European Commission

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