ACHIEVING THE GOAL
While 2002 UNESCO figures showed an increasingly literate world, they also showed that progress is excruciatingly slow:
- 1 adult in 5 remains illiterate and meeting the goal set by the World Education Forum (Dakar, April 2000) to halve adult illiteracy by 2015 will be an uphill battle;
- unless an extraordinary effort is made, the percentage of illiterate adults will fall by only another 5% by 2015.
According to these figures:
- only about 26 developing countries stand a good chance of reaching the Dakar goal, including China, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Oman, United Republic of Tanzania and Zimbabwe;
- another 39 countries are on track to improve their literacy rates by 40 to 50%;
- a further 28 states , including Brazil, El Salvador, Laos PDR, Togo and Uganda may possibly improve their literacy rates by between 30 and 40%;
- there are still around 30 countries that, by 2015, are unlikely to achieve anything more than a 30% improvement over their 2000 literacy rates.