Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Reading and Writing - Education for All? We're Not There Yet

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Reading and Writing - Education for All? We're Not There Yet

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A third of nations fall far short of literacy targets, report reveals.

More than a third of countries will still be "very far" from achieving universal adult literacy by next year, a new report warns.

The number of illiterate adults remains "stubbornly high" according to the 2013-14 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco). In 2011, 774 million adults were illiterate, it finds - a drop of just 1 per cent since 2000.

The Education for All framework, established in 2000, set a goal of 97 per cent adult literacy by 2015, but the report says that only 29 per cent of countries will reach this target next year, and 37 per cent will still be very far from it.

Too few countries offer genuine second chances to illiterate adults, the report adds. …

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