Despite significant improvements in literacy rates globally, today there are still 781 million adults and 126 million youth who cannot read or write a simple sentence. Women account for two-thirds of the illiterate population, according to the latest data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS).
The UNESCO eAtlas of Literacy lets you explore and adapt maps, charts and ranking tables for indicators covering the youth, adult and elderly populations. Indicators are disaggregated by sex to better evaluate gender inequalities.
- What is the overall/global trend in education shown by the visualization reached by clicking on the image above? (use the Year slider to see changes over time).
- Can you name an example that has shown a rapid increase in education? Suggest reasons for the rapid nature of the increase.
- Can you name an example that has shown a decrease, either overall or for a period of time, in education? Suggest reasons possible reasons for the decrease.