Thanks to Joe Bish for this article.
“Egypt is one of the most challenging countries for any literacy programme,” a literacy programme administrator at Catholic relief agency CARITAS told IPS. “You can’t afford to step off the pedal for a minute.”
One in every four Egyptians is illiterate. Despite free education and long- running literacy programmes, the number of illiterates has changed little in over two decades. Nearly 17 million adult Egyptians can neither read nor write, according to recent government data.
Development experts prefer to see the glass half full. Ghada Gholam, an education programme specialist at UNESCO Egypt, has no illusions about the extent of the problem, but says progress in reducing Egypt’s illiteracy rate should not be overlooked.
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