Education, Skills and Learning

International Literacy Day: the global inequalities of youth literacy

A woman reads a book in old train wagon converted into a café and shop in La Paz, Bolivia.

Over 750 million young people and adults lacked basic literacy skills in 2020. Image: REUTERS/David Mercado

Charlotte Edmond
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More than 85% of the world's illiterate youth live in South Asia and Africa.
South Asia and West and Central Africa account for by far the biggest share of illiterate youth. Image: UNICEF

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