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
- Technology should be used to fight illiteracy, poverty: Anand Kumar, Super 30
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- Technology should be used to fight illiteracy, poverty: Super 30 mentor
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- Time has come to make optimal use of technology, says mathematician Anand Kumar in MIT
Super 30 founder and mathematician Anand Kumar, who has transformed hundreds of lives of underprivileged students through education said that time has come for making optimal use of technology to fight world's biggest twin challenges— poverty and illiteracy, both of which are inter-connected. Read more on this news related to 'Illiteracy'