Illiteracy plagues Arab world

One in three, and nearly half of all women in the region are unable to read or write, report says.

Nearly one in three people in the Arab world is illiterate, including nearly half of all women in the region, the Tunis-based Arab League Educational Cultural and Scientific Organisation (Alecso) said Monday.

Three-quarters of the 100 million people unable to read or write in the 21 Arab countries are aged between 15 and 45 years old, Alecso said in a statement.

Equally alarming, some 46.5% of women in the region are illiterate, the organisation reported, urging governments to put the fight against illiteracy at the top of their agendas.

While describing access to primary school education as "indispensable," it also urged Arab countries to focus on adult education to avoid "serious incidents in the evolution of [Arab] societies".

Alecso has previously sounded the alarm on illiteracy in the region, noting it had failed to meet a 1990 UN goal to halve adult illiteracy over the subsequent decade.

In July, Arab states adopted an action plan spearheaded by the group to promote education, notably through collaboration with key international organisations.

While illiteracy affects the entire Arab world, the more highly populated countries - such as Egypt, Sudan, Algeria and Morocco - are particularly vulnerable.

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Posted by: Brandon Wiseman

As much as I agree that there IS a solution, I fear that the populations of these Arab-majority countries is growing far to fast... (with not nearly enough formally educated leaders). They don't have enough educated people to educate their growing masses - each generation has more and more of a greater bulk number of ignorant people. The fact that these uneducated people are under the authority of Imams and others who believe that "the Qur'an is all the education you need," they end up only being educated with hate-filled, prejudice religious ideas that contradict standard education on every level.

Solution: Delete Islam - Replace with Science. End of problems.

I've read many articles like the one above though, and they all forget to mention that the illiterate are still being taught religion, and that the religious dogma is the REAL problem.

Posted by: DIlbert

Bigoted people find generalisation easy and on the other hand acceptance, satisfaction and inner peace difficult hence they thrive on matters like Islamophobia. Religion over dose is an issue and as you rightly point out education can resolve this. This needs to be done at the grass root levels with economic activities creating jobs parallel to the change.

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