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title: ILLITERACY: FALLING… SLOWLY


The 2002 estimates and projections, collated by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, showed a steady fall in the number of illiterate adults:

1995 – 2000:
  • the number of illiterate adults fell from an estimated 872 million to 862 million;


  • from 22.4% to 20.3% of the world's population;


  • on current trends, the Institute estimates this should drop to 824 million, or 16.5%, by 2010.