The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) says that the world ‘urgently’ needs increased political commitment to literacy backed by adequate resources to scale up effective programmes.
UNESCO director-general, Irina Bokova, has also urged the governments, international organisations, civil society and the private sector to make literacy a policy priority, so that every individual can develop their potential, and actively participate in shaping more sustainable, just and peaceful societies.
Data from UNESCO's Institute for Statistics indicates that 793 million adults – most of them girls and women - are illiterate, and a further 67 million children of primary school age are not in primary school. In addition, 72 million adolescents of lower secondary school age are also missing out their right to an education.
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