Monday Good News: Bolivia Has Eradicated Illiteracy

By Bethany


According to Unesco’s standards, Bolivia is among the countries that have managed to eradicate illiteracy – lowering the rate of it to below 4% of the population. This outstanding feat has happened over thirteen years – from 13.28% in 2001 to 3.8% in 2014, when the most recent census was conducted. Officials claim that this is all thanks to the “Yes, I can” programme, which is an adult literacy campaign, launched in Bolivia 10 years ago.

Teaching adults these basic skills is so important to do, especially when they live in poor, rural areas like these students – where they don’t have easy access to schools for their children and so these adults are the primary teachers for their kids. Making sure parents and grandparents are educated has shown itself to be significant; an educated generation gives way for the next to be even brighter.

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