Knowledge is power and literacy makes knowledge attainable. It is the basis for most educational endeavors while at the same time being one of few blocks upon which the learning experience is built. Without it people are unlikely to make truly informed decisions, research a topic for themselves, or fully participate in the inter-workings of their government or communities.
Some literacy and illiteracy facts:
+In the world today there are about 1 billion non-literate adults.This 1 billion is approximately 26 percent of the world’s adult population.
+Teaching mothers to read can lead to a decrease in infant mortality of up to 50 percent.
+Annual health care costs in the U.S. are four times higher for individuals with low literacy skills than they are for those with high level literacy skills
+Women in the U.S. who have little formal education are more likely than educated women to be in abusive relationships.
+One-half of all adults in U.S. federal and state correctional institutions cannot read or write at all; 85% of juvenile offenders have reading problems.
+Women make up two-thirds of all non-literates internationally.
+Africa as a continent has a literacy rate of less than 60 percent.
+There is a correlation between income and illiteracy.
–Per capita income in countries with a literacy rate…
*less than 55 percent averages about $600
*between 55 and 84 percent is $2,400
*between 85 and 95 percent is $3,700
*above 96 percent is $12,600
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