See also
spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer

RSS feed

Share |
MAP
RSS
A -  A+
RSS
RSS
Language
Home
Education
Literacy
Lists
La source officielle des données sur l'alphabétisme
LAMP - Literacy Assessment and Monitoring Programme
LAMP - Programme d'évaluation et de suivi de l'alphabétisation
Literacy assessments underway in several countries
Evaluations de l'alphabétisme en cours dans plusieurs pays
Adult and Youth Literacy
Alphabétisme des adultes et des jeunes
Launch of 2012 survey on literacy and educational attainment
Lancement de l'enquête de 2012 sur les statistiques d’alphabétisme et du niveau de scolarisation
Literacy and Education Data for the school year ending in 2010
Données sur l'éducation et l'alphabétisation pour l'année scolaire 2010
International Literacy Day 2012
Adult and Youth Literacy Projections
PROJECTIONS POUR L'ALPHABÉTISME DES ADULTES ET DES JEUNES
Journée international de l’alphabétisation 2012
INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DATA
Journée internationale de l’alphabétisation 2013
google42e26b243e58dd94.html
Science, technology and innovation
Culture
Communication and information
About UIS
UIS Questionnaires
Document Library
Institut de statistique de l'UNESCO: UNESCO Institute for Statistics
Site Map
Site map
Statistical Capacity Building
About UIS FR
Fact Sheets
Data Centre
PerformanceTest
PerformanceTest2
PerformanceTest3
Contact
ContactFR
Temp
RSS Feed
Page de redirection Glossaire EN
Glossary
Page de reddirection Data Centre EN
Page de reddirection Data Centre FR
Conditions d'utilisation
Terms and Conditions
UNESCO Institute for Statistics data release calendar
Calendrier de diffusion des données
Glossary
scrollerlinks
Interactive Data tools
Mises à jour et révisions du Centre de données de l’ISU
Updates and revisions of the UIS Data Centre
gender_educ_test
Home > Literacy > Adult and Youth Literacy Accueil

Adult and Youth Literacy 

 

Rates are rising, but progress is slow

 

To mark UNESCO's International Literacy Day 2011, the UIS has released new statistics shedding light on progress towards international targets associated with Education for All (EFA) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

 

Literacy is a cornerstone of human development and economic growth, yet according to the latest data (2009), some 793 million adults -- two thirds of them women -- still lack basic reading and writing skills.

 

Included in that figure are 127 million youth, aged 15 to 24, who will be hobbled in their ability to contribute to the long-term economic and social development of their families and communities.


The region of South and West Asia is home to more than one-half of the global illiterate population (51.8%), while sub-Saharan Africa represents 21.4%.

 

However, rates can vary widely across countries in a region. In Mali, for example, merely 26% of the population is literate in contrast to Equatorial Guinea where 93% of the population can read and write.

 

Globally, literacy rates are on the rise; up 2.3% in the past 10 years, and 10.6% in the past 20 years. While women still lag behind – representing 64% of illiterate adults—they have made significant gains over time. Since 1985, the female adult literacy rate has risen 15%, which is about double the growth of the male literacy rate.

 

For more information

Additional resources

UIS and Literacy

 

The UIS is responsible for monitoring international literacy targets associated with Education for All (EFA) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These statistics are updated regularly in the UIS Data Centre and published annually in the Global Education Digest.

 

In many countries there is a growing interest in assessing a wide range of literacy skills. In response, UIS has developed the Literacy Assessment and Monitoring Programme (LAMP) to better reflect the full spectrum of skills associated with reading and numeracy.

 

9/8/2011

Skip to main content