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In Canada

22% of adult Canadians have serious problems dealing with printed materials.

About 45% of new Canadian jobs created in this decade will require at least 16 years of education.

Canadians with the lowest level of literacy skills have an unemployment rate of 26% compared to 4% for Canadians with the highest literacy levels.

Nearly 1.4 million Canadian children 15 years of age and younger are living in low-income homes. 34% of children from the lowest income families do not complete their high school education.

60% of Canadians on social assistance have not completed high school.

42% of Native Canadians do not graduate from high school, compared to 22% in the non-native population.

Almost three-quarters of 626 Canadian companies surveyed feel that they have a significant problem with functional literacy in some part of their organization.

Only 10% of Canadians see illiteracy as part of our economic problems.

 

Around the world

An estimated 875 million adults are illiterate worldwide. Nearly two-thirds of them are women.

In 1969, the year man took his first step on the moon, 4 out of 5 women in Africa could not read or write. It is estimated that today nearly half of all African women are still illiterate.

More than 100 million children, including at least 60 million girls, have no access to primary schooling.

Since 1985, there are more female students enrolled in higher education than male students in most industrialized countries. In contrast, in the world's least developed countries, only 1 in 4 students of higher education are women.

UN studies consistently show that all countries that have successfully reduced their population growth rate have one factor in common a high female literacy rate.

In the world women represent 94% of pre-primary school teachers, 58% of primary school teachers and 48% of secondary school teachers.

In most developing countries on average, 33% of public spending on education benefits the richest fifth of the population, while only 13% of education spending benefits the poorest fifth.

 

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