Half of Arab Women Illiterate

From Aljazeera:

Although illiteracy rates are generally falling in Arab countries, rising populations mean that the total number of people unable to either read or write continues to increase, says a new report.



The report by the Arab League Education, Science and Culture Organisation (ALESCO) said on Sunday that 70 million people older than 15 in Arab League member countries were illiterate.

It said that almost half of all women in the countries concerned – 46.5% – were unable to read or write, as against a rate of 25.1% among men.

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