The literacy challenge is a global one, stretching from the United States to Uganda, from the United Kingdom to Cambodia and everywhere in between. It matters because the inability to read and write is often connected with other issues. People who struggle with literacy are more likely to live in poverty, lack education, drop out of school, have difficulty finding employment, and miss out on opportunities to participate fully in society and the workforce.
illiteracy costs a developed nation 2% GDP, an emerging economy 1.2% GDP, and a developing country 0.5% GDP.
It's one thing to see the numbers of people who are unable to read and write, but meeting a person who has personally struggled with literacy makes the issue real. Just a few years ago, Mary had difficulty paying her bills and ended up in the hospital after struggling to read the instructions on her medicine. Thanks to Mary's courage and the partnership of an incredible tutor at Literacy Action, she has renewed confidence and independence.
Illiteracy in infographics
Study these infographics to learn more about individual themes and the global repercussions of illiteracy.