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Friday, 29 January 2016


According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word "literacy" was not used until 1886, though "illiteracy" had been around since 1660.

According to Unesco, there are 757 million illiterate adults in the world.

In Yemen, 85.1 per cent of adult males are literate but only 55 per cent of females. This is the world’s highest male-female discrepancy rate.

In Lesotho, 88.3 per cent of women can read and write but only 70.1 per cent of men.

According to the CIA World Factbook, Niger has the lowest adult literacy rate at only 19.1 per cent.

Source Daily Express

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