Literacy Rates Continue to Rise: Youth Literacy Has Improved Most in These Countries

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UNESCO Institute for Statistics released new data showing that literacy rates for adults and youth are continuing to rise.

The biggest increase can be seen in Morocco thanks to the Moroccan government’s Decade of Education.

Mali takes the second place with Senegal following closely with a rise of 23.5 and 20.7 percentage points relatively. This achievement proves the success of programs aimed at improving education and literacy.




China and Kenya are the countries with large illiterate populations, but they strive to improve the situation understanding the benefits of literacy. Literate people have more opportunities to escape poverty and participate in decisions that affect their lives.



The improving results show that governments are focused on reducing poverty and supporting basic human rights. They make illiteracy reduction a priority to remove a major barrier to economic growth.

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