A LARGE PART OF THE WORLD IS FUNCTIONALLY ILLITERATE ... about a billion people are illiterate and another billion barely so
This is a major loss to the world ... it is costing us $ 1 trillion in lost productivity, causing disenfranchisement, disaffection, disillusionment, dysfunction.
The Huffington Post – Illiteracy Is the Root Cause of Almost Every Major Problem Humanity Faces [Link]
The Viewspaper Broadcast –Illiteracy in India [Link]
The Mic Article – Illiteracy Costs the Global Economy $1 Trillion [Link]
THE CONSEQUENCES ARE DEVASTATING ... for both individuals, nations and the world
The Prezi Report – The relationship between literacy rate and GDP per capita [Link]
The Gapminder Blog – HDI surprisingly similar to GDP/capita [Link]
NCBI Paper – Infant Mortality, Per Capita Income, and Adult Illiteracy: An Ecological Approach [Link]
The Oxford Article – The changing relation between mortality and level of economic development [Link]
Begin To Read Statistics – Literacy Statistics [Link]
The National Literacy Trust Discussion Piece – Literacy Changes Lives: The role of literacy in offending behaviour [Link]
Literacy and the Police Chapter – The Link Between Low Literacy and Crime [Link]
THERE IS A STRONG CORRELATION BETWEEN ILLITERACY AND POVERTY, POOR HEALTH, CRIME ... IN ALMOST EVERY SOCIETY IN THE WORLD
Even among nations, countries with higher literacy invariably have higher per capita income. There is a positive, exponential relationship between literacy rate and GDP per capita of world countries.
CONVERSELY, THE BENEFITS OF EDUCATION ARE ALSO TREMENDOUS
Taking only GDP as one factor, an increase of 1% point in global literacy would increase world GDP disproportionately, by billions of dollars. The opportunity is significantly larger and amplified further when the social benefits of education are also taken into account.