An unbalanced approach to security has left many developing nations with more soldiers than teachers and more citizens illiterate than literate. In developing countries about 130 million children of primary school age (6 to 11 age-group) and 275 million at secondary level are not in school.
32 million adults in the U.S. canât read. Thatâs 14 percent of the population. 21 percent of adults in the U.S. read below a 5th grade level, and 19 percent of high school graduates canât read. The current literacy rate isnât any better than it was 10 years ago.
U.S. Department of Education
85 percent of all juveniles who come into contact with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate. So are 60 percent of all prison inmates. Inmates have a 16 percent chance of returning to prison if they receive literacy help, as opposed to 70 percent for those who receive no help.
Of the 781 million adults over the age of 15 estimated to be illiterate, 496 million were women, the Worldâs Women 2015 report found. Women made up more than half the illiterate population in all regions of the world.
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