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SOS Children International Literacy Day

8 September INTERNATIONAL LITERACY * DAY LITERACY: A person aged 15 or over who can read and write LITERACY IS A HUMAN RIGHT " Literacy for all is at the heart of basic education for all and essential for achieving the goals of eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy ". UNESCO 2010 776 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE CANNOT READ OR WRITE = 16% of the world's population are illiterate 2 out of 3 of all "Every literate woman is a victory over poverty." Ban Ki-moon illiterate people are Women. Almost 75% of the world's illiterate adults INDIA has the highest number of illiterate adults are found in only 10 countries: That is 39% of all 6. Ethiopia 7. Egypt 1. India illiterate adults worldwide. 287 MILLION 2. China 3. Pakistan 8. Brazil 4. Bangladesh 5. Nigeria = four times the 9. Indonesia adults cannot read or write population of FRANCE x4 10. DR of the Congo OVER 122 MILLION ILLITERATE YOUTH WORLDWIDE Illiterate youth population 10% SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA holds the highest number of illiterate youth 24% of all illiterate of all young people worldwide AGE 15-24 young males 34% of all illiterate 39% are boys 61% are girls young females Niger (37%) Mali (39%) Burkina Faso (39%) Ethiopia (45%) Chad (46%) Benin (54%) Sierra Leone (58%) Guinea (61%) Central Afr. Rep. (65%) Madagascar (65%) Senegal (65%) DR of the Congo (65%) The Gambia (65%) The 13 COUNTRIES with the lowest literacy rate are all found in AFRICA. 67 MILLION CHILDREN (AGE 5-9) WORLDWIDE DO NOT GO TO SCHOOL More girls are out of school than boys. 16 MILLION in other countries That is 9% of the world's 19 MILLION in Southern Asia population in this age group 32 MILLION in Sub-Saharan Africa 53% 47% GIRLS BOYS More than 75% of all children (age 5-9) who don't go to school live in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. 42% of them live in poor countries OM affected by conflicts. IT'S HARDER FOR GIRLS... "Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.. Especially for girls and women, In poor families, girls often drop out of school to go to work or to help with housework. it is an agent of family IN INDIA only 1 out of 3 girls invest in the education of their sons. health and nutrition. For In times of poverty, parents often prefer to everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right..." finish primary school Forced marriages and unexpected pregnancies are other reasons why girls quit school. Kofi Annan WHAT KEEPS CHILDREN AND YOUTH OUT OF SCHOOL? CHILD LABOUR... POVERTY .is a major factor keeping children out of school. Worldwide, around 150,000,000 children (age 5-14) are involved in child labour. In Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 30% of all children work. "500,000 children in Haiti do not go to school. Those who go to school, go because their families pay for it. These families spend up to 40% of their annual income on educational fees. That's a huge burden for poor families." Jacky Lumarque, Rector University Quisquaya, Port-au-Price, Haiti No money for school materials, fees and uniforms are an obstacle. In Haiti, 80% live under the poverty line. Only 50% of Haiti's children go to primary school, only 20% attend secondary school. ILLITERATE PARENTS Illiterate and less educated parents often place less value in the education of their children. The lack of an encouraging learning environment nor parental support negatively influences children's performance in school. LACKING INFRASTRUCTURE A large portion of children who do not go to school live in rural areas with difficult or non-existent access to school. SOURCES: UNESCO Institure of Statistics, Data for 2010 United Nations: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2011, New York CIA World Factbook Family Focus 2012, SOS Children's Villages International, 2012 SoS CHILDREN'S VILLAGES

SOS Children International Literacy Day

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Did you know 16% of the world's population is illiterate? Just one of the shocking stats this infographic reveals on global illiteracy...


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