UNESCO hails Venezuela's leading role in illiteracy reduction

22:01, August 31, 2010      

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UNESCO has acknowledged Venezuela's leadership among Latin American and Caribbean countries in reducing illiteracy, local media said Monday.

According to UNESCO, Venezuela has helped about 95.2 percent, or 30 million people, of its population shake off illiteracy in just 10 years.

UNESCO said in a report published on Monday that Venezuela has fulfilled, in a shorter time than expected, the goals of the Education for All program, established at the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal, in 2000.

Countries present at the forum have committed to achieve a 50 percent improvement in levels of adult literacy by 2015.

Venezuela has already reached and even surpassed the goal, by helping more than 1.679 million people get rid of illiteracy, said UNESCO.

It is estimated that 9 percent of adults, or 36 million people, in Latin American and Caribbean countries do not know how to read and write.

Countries like Guatemala and Nicaragua have illiteracy rates higher than 20 percent, while the figure in Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic was between 11 percent and 18 percent.

Source: Xinhua


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