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.