The Problem

Illiteracy is one of our world’s biggest problems today, along with peace, hunger and disease.
 

A large part of our world is functionally illiterate ... about a billion people are illiterate and another billion barely so.

We are trapped in a vicious cycle:

 

The consequences are devastating, for individuals, nations and the world:

  • The illiterate die young, and even their children do

  • They make less money

  • They are likelier to go to prison ... even in developed countries

  • Their societies experience more crime, disease, poverty, lawlessness, social unrest, intolerance, and upheaval

 

There is a strong correlation between illiteracy and poverty, poor health, and crime in almost every society in the world.

 

Conversely, the benefits of education are tremendous.

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.


Useful Links:

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.