Literacy is key to unlocking the cycle of poverty

Today is International Literacy Day.

If you can read that sentence, you are more fortunate than 775 million men and women, and 122 million girls and boys. We speak of the “digital age” as if it were a given. But for millions of people – and most of them are women – these words have no meaning, literally. On the sidelines of the global village, they get none of the benefits of globalization and suffer all its costs.

The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization led a study on the impact of illiteracy in Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and the San Pablo State in Brazil. The facts are clear – illiteracy correlates to far higher unemployment.


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