Shawn Jordan

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Winter 2013

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Literacy rates, Africa, Latin America




Literacy rates in Africa and Latin America are on different ends of the spectrum. Africa is home to some of the poorest countries in the world and Latin America is not too far behind. Literacy rates generally correlate to wealth as a country. The plights of Africa and Latin America are a no different. In general, Africa has some of the lowest literacy rates in the world and has been the place for horrific fighting for decades. This epidemic has hit the women and children especially hard. Women in Africa have an illiteracy rate of 50% ( 2010). This is something that cannot continue in the world. Until this is fixed, the people of Africa will not be able to reach their full potential.

Latin America, on the other hand, has relatively high literacy rates for developing countries (CIA 2011). This is a model that the governments in Africa and the world can learn from. People in both areas face many of the same issues. The successes by the people of Latin America can be a goal for all third world countries to achieve. With the improved literacy rates the people of Africa might begin to limit the violence that has gripped the area for so many years.


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