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Illiteracy Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0

  • an inability to read
  • ignorance resulting from not reading

Definitions from Wiktionary

  • ignorance resulting from not reading ,
  • an inability to read

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Illiteracy Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia

Literacy means the ability to read and write. Being able to read and write is an important skill in modern societies. Usually, people learn how to read and write at school. People who can read and write are called literate; those who cannot are called illiterate.

According to UNESCO, illiteracy is not being able to write or read a simple sentence in any language. They estimated that, in 1998, about 16% of the world's population were illiterate.

Illiteracy is highest amongst the states of the Arab peninsula, and in Africa, around the Sahara. In those countries about 30% of men, and 40-50% of women are illiterate, by the UN definition. One of the causes of illiteracy is that someone who can manage to live without being able to read and write often does not have any reason to want to learn to read and write. Cultural factors also play a part, such as having a culture in which the oral tradition (communicating by speaking) is more important than writing. A tribe that mostly herds livestock, for example, may have no need to read or write.

Illiteracy Sample Sentences in News

  • No child illiteracy by 2025 - Clegg
    The Liberal Democrats pledge to eliminate child illiteracy in England by 2025 if they remain in power after the election. Read more on this news related to 'Illiteracy'
  • War declared: illiteracy and innumeracy must perish
    As my car pulled up outside the small red-brick building in west London last week, I contemplated the miracle I was about to see. Three years ago it was an old, innocuous-looking library. Read more on this news related to 'Illiteracy'
  • Nick Clegg vows to protect education budget in Lib Dem election manifesto
    Party leader condemns Tory spending plans and promises his party would end child illiteracy by 2025 Nick Clegg has condemned Tory spending plans and blasted illiteracy levels among British pupils a “national scandal”, confirming a dramatic collapse of relations within the coalition. The Liberal Democrat leader turned his fire on David Cameron as he announced o Read more on this news related to 'Illiteracy'

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