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Illiteracy: The facts and figures

Illiteracy: The facts and figures

In our infographic, we bring you the key statistics on the impact of illiteracy on individuals, families and our global society as a whole.

Did you know that three quarters of illiterate adults are found in only 10 countries, and that India alone is home to 40% of these people? Or that, today, two out of three illiterate people are female?

Literacy is the key to a better life.

It can bring success and prosperity to whole communities. It allows people to engage with their own societies and our collective global community. The UN considers it a human right.

On International Literacy Day, find out why achieving literacy for all is vital to building a better global society...

Literacy infographic

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