Developing World: Illiteracy to rise to 70 per cent
- “Unless we take action, the share of children leaving school in developing countries who are unable to read could increase from 53 to 70 per cent”, António Guterres warned in a video message marking the International Day of Education, on Monday.
- The UN chief remembered the “chaos” that COVID-19 caused in education worldwide, noting that, at the pandemic’s peak, some 1.6 billion school and college students had their studies interrupted.
- Despite the improvement, he believes the crisis is “not over yet”, and the turmoil goes beyond questions of access and inequality.
- Conventional education systems are “struggling” to deliver the knowledge, skills and values needed to create a greener, better and safer future for all.
Source: Media Partner – UN News