The economic and social cost of illiteracy: a snapshot of illiteracy in a global context

The purpose of this report is to highlight the economic and social cost of illiteracy to the global economy. It discusses the causes and issues surrounding illiteracy, the direct link between poverty and illiteracy, how tackling literacy has a very real and measurable impact on the growth of an economy, and recommendations for combating the state of illiteracy as it stands in the world today. The findings of this final report include: the cost of illiteracy to the global economy is estimated at 1.19 trillion dollars; and the effects of illiteracy are very similar in developing an... Show more

Authors: Cree, Anthony; Kay, Andrew; Steward, June

Published: Melbourne, Victoria, World Literacy Foundation, 2012

Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Physical description: 17 p.

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