While there is deep understanding of the negative impact of illiteracy and great interest in reducing it, traditional means do not offer any solutions in the short-term.
The primary reason for illiteracy is the absence of adequate schools and teachers.
UNESCO and other statistics
UNESCO report: Critical need for trained teachers to ensure primary education for children [Link]
BBC News – Acute shortage of trained global teachers [Link]
The Huffington Post – The World Needs 4 Million More Teachers To Get Every Child In A Classroom [Link]