International Literacy Day 2018: Global Literacy Stats and How to Improve
International Literacy Day 2018 has been observed on the 8th of September every year. Ever since we have been seeing various movements and struggles of people all over the globe… striving hard for education.Even in India, govt’s initiatives like ‘Right to Education’ have brought. Some relief to standards of Literate people because we all know that education can lead the world in a better direction.
In this Blog: Let’s discuss the stats of literacy at a global level with reference to 2016 stats by Unicef. Some stats can bring you a joy of relief but some can leave you devastated.
On occasion of International Literacy Day 2018, let’s take a look on Global Literacy Stats
Literacy rates among youth (aged 15 to 24) and adults are the tests of an educational system, and the overall trend is positive, thanks to the expansion of educational opportunities. Globally, the youth literacy rate increased from 83 percent to 91 percent over two decades, while the number of illiterate youth declined from 170 million to 115 million. Regional and gender disparities persist, however. Literacy is lowest in the least developed countries and higher among males than females. In the most recent years for which data are available, young women accounted for 59 percent of the total illiterate youth population. (Source: UNICEF)
India despite moving ahead with speed, still have a lot of ways to go as we still stand at number 3 for in the list of illiteracy.
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India does best on the enrolment ratio — at 82.3%, it’s close to the world average — ranking 94th, but does badly on the rest. There has been a jump in India’s adult literacy ranking, from 121 last year to 105 this year thanks to the change from 1991 figures to 2001 figures. Yet, the adult literacy rate at 61.3% is still way below the 76% average for developing countries and 81.7% global average. Survival to class 5 has actually declined marginally to 61.2% from 62% last year and is way below the global average of 83.3%. Even today when we are talking about International Literacy Day 2018, there are many children selling something on roads.
How can we help improve Literacy Rate?
- Sponsor Education for Poor kids: It’s true that almost half of the parents in India cannot afford education as the school fees are skyrocketing. Be generous and sponsor at least 1 kid’s education.
- Say NO to Child Labor: As mentioned in the previous point, parents who cannot afford education will send their kid to work. But if everyone says NO to child labor they’ll end up sending them at least to govt school
- Bring Awareness: The spark of hunger for education doesn’t get by itself it is like an idea that has to be planted by us to bring awareness about education. Knowing the benefits of education can bring a change in their life.
- Encourage Girl Child for Education: Still, in developing nations like India women are considered as a material that belongs to the kitchen. Showing them the other side of the world i.e., a world that has a girl walking path like a man can change their perception.
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