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Many people around the world cannot read or write. This creates disadvantages for them in everyday life, which can prevent them from finding their way out of poverty. We at Plan International are committed to greater educational equality and contribute to promoting literacy for millions of people worldwide.

We help children learn to read and write and promote access to education for them too.

What is illiteracy?

As Illiteracy we denote the inability to read and write simple sentences.

In many developing countries are adults Illiteratebecause they did not go to school or only went to school irregularly in their childhood. And even today, many children - especially in Africa and Asia - cannot go to school for the same reasons. For example, schools are not available for the children or the children have to work to support their families or to contribute to the family income. This is how a dangerous cyclethat promotes illiteracy.

Through our educational programs, we at Plan International enable children to go to school and contribute to increasing the literacy rate worldwide.

How many illiterate people are there?

According to the UNESCO World Education Report 2016, around 760 million people worldwide Illiterate: inside. You cannot read or write a simple full sentence. Round two-thirds of them are women.

Many of those affected do not find a good job as adults because they lack the necessary skills. Often times they have with you all their lives poverty and fight the consequences of illiteracy.

World Literacy Day

September 8th

Once a year the day of the Literacy because being able to read and write is not a matter of course in many countries. This day was established by UNESCO in 1966 and has been celebrated on September 8th ever since.

Most of the people who cannot read or write live in Asia or in sub-Saharan Africa. For example, hasNigerthe lowest literacy rate in the world. Overall, the literacy rate is 19.1 percent, but there are big differences between the sexes: While 27.3 percent of men can read and write, it is only 11.0 percent for women.

The literacy rate describes the proportion of the population who can read and write.

This is due to the fact that girls mostly go to school less often as boys. There are various reasons for this: Most of the time, the parents do not have enough money and can only allow one of their children to attend school. The housework is given to the girls and young women, so they don't have time to study and go to school.

But forced marriages and early pregnancies are also reasons why girls are unable to attend school.


This goal of literacy is also pursued by the United Nations with its sustainable development goals, all of which have been laid down in a global sustainability agenda: in the 2030 Agenda.

With Sustainable Development Goal 4, the global community is committed to ensuring that everyone around the world has access to high quality by the year 2030 education to enable and teach reading and writing skills; both children and adults. Together, the states want to promote literacy in every country and enable basic education for everyone - regardless of gender, religion, skin color, etc.

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Illiteracy is also a challenge in Germany.Twelve percent of working people in our country cannot read and write properly and only understand light language.

The German UNESCO Commission is committed to promoting literacy among young people so that no one is left behind.


What does Plan International do?

We at Plan International contribute to that Literacy rate to increase sustainably by starting with the youngest. In our work as a children's aid organization, we put one focus on Educational programs. We ensure that children and young people receive a good basic education and thus contribute to general literacy. Because: education takes one Key role in the sustainable fight against poverty. It can help to change entire regions in the long term.

Around education We support the communities in building schools and equipping them with teaching materials. We ensure better teaching through advanced training for teachers. We initiate for older adolescents and adults A.literacy courses and promote their professional prospects with targeted training and further education. This is how we enable adults to do so too chance to a good future.


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