750 Million People Worldwide Can’t Read, Write – UNESCO
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation has revealed that over 750 million young and adults worldwide cannot read and write with Nigeria ranking high among countries home to these illiterates.
She said: “Today, worldwide, more than 260 million children and adolescents are not enrolled in school; six out of ten children and adolescents- around 617 million- do not acquire minimum skills in literacy and numeracy.
“These seriously debilitating shortcomings lead to a de facto exclusion from society and perpetuated a spiral of social inequalities and gender inequalities,” she said.
The Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr Sonny Echono, said the theme of the celebration, which is Skills and Development was apt as it relates to the theme chosen at the end of the 63rd National Council on Education (NCE), tagged “Education for Self-Reliance: A tool for the achievement of the education 2030 Agenda.”
He noted that it was only a literate society that could be free from corruption, crimes, insecurity, serious health challenges and would have solution to all forms of vices.