Illiteracy Breakdown

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As part of their Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations hopes to cut illiteracy in half by next year. However, at our current rates of progress, we are far from reaching that goal. Currently, there are about 57 million children who do not have access to schooling, and 250 million children (both in and out of school) who do not have basic written language skills.

Although these may sound like daunting numbers, that is no reason to lose hope. We may not reach the UN’s 2015 goal, but some countries have made significant steps to improve literacy rates, and with some success. It is possible to make a change, but not without some hard work.

Watch this animated UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) infographic for more on the current and projected worldwide literacy rates.

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