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Don't forget that today is International Literacy Day, which was originally celebrated in September 1965.
Surprisingly, according to the CIA World Fact Book, 86.2 % of the world can read and write, which means that approximately 758 million people are illiterate, and includes about 32 million Americans.
As of 2015, the adult literacy rate in the Democratic Republic of Korea and Uzbekistan is 100%. Niger, a country in West Africa, has the #1 illiteracy rate at 80.9%, and 89% of the women in that country are unable to read or write.
Using different criteria, Central Connecticut State University conducted a long detailed study that was published in 2016. They say that Finland is #1 when it comes to literacy, with the US being #7.
There is one thing that stands out and is consistent in both studies, however.
Women are more illiterate than men across the board in both reports.
These numbers are staggering and much too large. Millions of people don't understand how to pass a test for a driver's license, how to fill in an application for jobs, or even to read the ingredients on the back of a can. How can this be happening?