"According to new data 757 million adults still lack basic reading and writing skills
In 2000, the international community pledged to reduce by half the rate of illiteracy among adults, especially women, by 2015. New data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) indicate that while literacy rates have improved the goal will not be met. According to the new estimates, there are 757 million adults who still cannot read or write a simple sentence. Roughly two-thirds of them are female." (Source: http://www.uis.unesco.org/literacy/Pages/literacy-day-2015.aspx)
If your interest is in Adult Literacy, then UNESCO Institute for Statistics has just what you want. Visit
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This year's International Literacy Day is again celebrated worldwide, with the main global event held at UNESCO headquarters on the theme "Literacy and Sustainable Societies." Visit
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