Illiteracy

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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


  • Wiregrass recognized for Adult Education
     Their Certified Literate Community Program works with communities, businesses, education, and government agencies to fight illiteracy, it work to establish community resources, and address scarce adult education funding needed to recruit adult students.  Read more on this news related to 'Illiteracy'
  • How to Save Future Generations From Financial Illiteracy
    The events of the past few years -- from the housing market collapse and resulting Great Recession, to the painstaking economic recovery -- have made it clear that we know far too little about how to responsibly manage our money. Read more on this news related to 'Illiteracy'
  • She The People: Student loans plus financial illiteracy equals big debts for some older women
    It's not just young people who can't pay off their student loans, many elderly people, especially women, struggle with these debts Read more on this news related to 'Illiteracy'

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