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best performers

According to the 2002 UNESCO literacy figures, best performances came from Africa and Asia:
  • overall percentage of their illiterate populations shrink by 5.4 and 2.8% points respectively.
Although women still make up 2/3 of the world's adult illiterates, in all regions they are gaining access to education and literacy, and at a faster rate than men:
  • the proportion of illiterate women aged 15 and over fell from 28.5% to 25.8%;


  • this trend was most evident in Africa: the percentage of illiterate women over the age of 15 fell by 6.4 percentage points to 49.2%. This means that for the first time, the majority of women in this part of the world are now literate.


  • Progress was also made in South and West Asia, and the Arab States and North Africa where the percentages of illiterate women are now 56.4% and 52.2% respectively.


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