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Effects of Illiteracy on Society

Nowadays, Education is one of the most important social discussions all around the world. Everyone can imagine when a society struggle against illiteracy, many different forces appear. In the following, there is a part of an article from the World Literacy Foundation in 2019 that addresses different factors and effects of illiteracy on the community.

“According to the World Literacy Foundation, 750 million illiterate people can’t read a single word and more than 2 billion people struggle to read and write a sentence.

Illiteracy is a global tragedy. At a glance, we often think illiteracy is not being able to read or write, but what does that actually mean on a deeper level? It’s a much bigger and more complex issue than one might think and it’s important to understand the devastating impacts of illiteracy. Imagine for a moment, not being able to read a simple sign or fill out an employment form. For individuals and families across the world, this still remains a real problem. Social and economic development is hindered.

Breaking the cycle of poverty does not happen overnight, but small steps towards change can be achieved through raising awareness and actively talking about the issue. It may not affect us personally, but consciously choosing to avoid a problem and hoping it will magically go away does not offer a solution either.”

To read the entire article, click the below link:

Ta, L 2019, How do low literacy levels impact on the community?, The World Literacy Foundation, accessed 17 March 2021, <How Do Low Literacy Levels Impact On The Community? | World Literacy Foundation>.

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