Must-Know Literacy Statistics [Recent Analysis]

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"Worldwide, around 773 million youth (aged 15 to 24) and adults cannot read or write – 24% of those reside in Sub-Saharan Africa."

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Statistic 2

"As of 2020, the global literacy rate for all people aged 15 and above is 86.3%."

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Statistic 3

"Approximately 11.82% of the world population is illiterate, based on data from World Bank."

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"Cuba, with a literacy rate of 99.8%, has the highest literacy rate in Latin America, according to World Bank data."

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"In the United States, 21% of adults read below a 5th-grade level, based on the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy."

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Statistic 6

"According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, 43% of adults in sub-Saharan Africa are literate."

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"As per World Bank, the female literacy rate in India increased from 29.76% in 1981 to 60.6% in 2011."

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Statistic 8

"According to UNICEF, around 17% of the world’s adult population (over 775 million people) is illiterate."

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