To mark International Literacy Day on September 8, we look at literacy facts and figures, both worldwide and closer to home in Southeast Asia.
In Southeast Asia there are reasons to celebrate as our literacy rates rank second-highest in the world. Other regions are not so well off.
According to the UNESCO’s Global Literacy Rates of 2016, 750 million adults between the ages of 14 and 64 were illiterate. Of those 277 million were men, 473 million were women, accounting for 63%.
The outlook is brighter, however, for youth aged 15 to 24 who…