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  • Module 02 Activity 1: Discuss illiteracy rates

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  • Lorena

    June 26, 2024 at 10:35 pm

    After reading the document, we would love to hear your opinion!

    Go to the Discussion Forum and answer the following questions:

    • Do you know the illiteracy rates in your country?
    • How could you reduce illiteracy rates in your community? (school, university, or city)
  • Pethmin

    June 28, 2024 at 2:35 am

    1- Do you know the illiteracy rates in your country?

    2- How could you reduce illiteracy rates in your community? (school, university, or city)Do you know the illiteracy rates in your country?
    How could you reduce illiteracy rates in your community? (school, university, or city)

    1. No I was unaware as to how the illiteracy rates were traveling in my country. After a quick google search, it states that 14.1% of Australia is illiterate with over 40% considered to be below the threshold to get by everyday life.

    2. Reducing illiteracy is not a simple task. Despite this, to promote engagement into reading, I believe ensuring free and compulsory primary education, implementing adult literacy programs, establishing community learning centers, and encouraging volunteer teaching are key steps. Investing in teacher training, providing financial incentives and support services, and utilizing e-learning platforms and educational apps can enhance learning opportunities. Raising awareness through media campaigns, developing language-specific and culturally relevant programs, and collaborating with NGOs, international organizations, and the private sector are also crucial. A strong policy framework with adequate funding and effective monitoring can ensure the success of these initiatives.

  • Leena

    June 28, 2024 at 3:39 am
    • Do you know the illiteracy rates in your country?
    • How could you reduce illiteracy rates in your community? (school, university, or city)

    1. I was not aware of the specific statistics of the illiteracy rates in the United States. After looking up some statistics, I found that in the United States, 14% of adults can’t read while 21% of adults read below a fifth grade reading level. Additionally, literacy skills directly connect to injustices in the country including how 85% of juvenile offenders don’t have high literacy skills and 43% of adults that have low literacy are living in poverty.

    2. I think in order to reduce illiteracy rates in my community, there needs to be more fundraising for literacy, precisely what WLF aims to do. With more funding, money could go towards getting more free books into circulation for students that don’t usually have access to them. Additionally, funding could go towards programs that target an older demographic. There isn’t much attention on adults who are facing illiteracy, but the statistics show that many are. Programs and classes could aid those adults in gaining higher literacy skills.

  • Hongzhe

    June 28, 2024 at 10:49 am

    1.Whilst I am not Australian, I will be providing Australian data as I studied in Australia. According to my knowledge, the illiteracy rate among Australian adults is 12.6 per cent.

    2.Setting up free or low-cost evening schools and adult education centres: Providing flexible study hours so that adults with heavy work or family burdens can also have access to education.

    Provide online learning platforms: develop or introduce online programmes suitable for different age groups and cultural backgrounds so that more people can learn basic knowledge and skills conveniently.

  • Avila

    June 28, 2024 at 3:34 pm


    1. Do you know the illiteracy rates in your country?

    In the United States, 130 million adults in the U.S. have low literacy skills. Persons aged 16 to 74 (54%) read below the equivalent of a sixth-grade level. Insufficient/low literacy rates go hand in hand with poverty and incarceration. That is one of the many reasons this must change. I got these statistics from this website ( which also has information about differences in state funding.

    Additionally, in my home state, Massachusets more than half of third graders (as of 2019) scored below proficient on the statewide standardized reading test.

    1. How could you reduce illiteracy rates in your community? (school, university, or city)

    Reducing illiteracy rates is far from a simple task. I deeply believe that educating others about the problem is the best solution. The more people who are aware of the problem, the larger the force combating illiteracy will be. People who know the statistics will want to get involved in the issue and help people in underprivileged communities gain strong literacy skills. This will inspire more action, fundraising, and book distribution.


  • Kevin

    June 28, 2024 at 10:18 pm

    I am aware of the low (and, by some metrics, declining (1)) rates of literacy in the United States. Though I am working on blog posts which necessitate my understanding and recall of precise figures, I can’t recall them at this time without citations.

    The method by which we can go about tackling the issue is one that I think has three fronts: the research which informs the priorities of the school system could be better funded, thereby bettering the configurement of the curriculum (as seen in the issue of “STEM v.s. Humanities”), empowering parents and provinding them the apt tools to foster reading at home, and a “grassroots initiative”. Here, there is room for reading events, public readings, donations, and activities could prompt families and young readers to action.

    (1) The Policy Circle. (2024). Failing grade: Literacy in America. The Policy Circle. []

  • Luisa

    June 30, 2024 at 6:24 pm

    Based on 2022 data, 21% of adults in the US are illiterate. I could help this number by setting up book drives at my school and in my local community where donations can then be made to non profits that distribute the books to underresourced areas in the country.

  • Asher

    July 1, 2024 at 8:55 pm

    1: I did not know the illiteracy rates in my country but after doing research, I learned that in the United States, 21% of adults are illiterate and 54% of adults read on a sixth grade level or below. Further, 40% of students across the United States cannot read on a basic level.

    2: I believe the best way to reduce illiteracy rates in my city is to ensure that every individual struggling with illiteracy receives the help they need by connecting with a mentor who is committed to their success. Establishing organizations that offer one-on-one tutoring sessions can greatly improve one’s reading and writing skills. Further, building personal relationships, connecting with others, and mentors providing genuine support will help learners realize that others believe in them – encouraging them to believe in themselves.

  • Melisa

    July 2, 2024 at 7:43 am

    1. Do you know the illiteracy rates in your country?
    I was unaware of the illiteracy rates in Australia until recently, when learning about this program which lead me to do my own research. 12.6% of adults have level 1 literacy skills, meaning these adults have the literacy skills of children aged between 5 – 7. Additionally, 20.1% of adults have level 1 numeracy skills.

    2. How could you reduce illiteracy rates in your community? (school, university or city)

    In order to reduce illiteracy rate in society, I believe it is immensely important to firstly bring awareness to communities about the risks and barriers caused by illiteracy and how many people struggle with it so that more of the public is able to empathise, take part in and push for change. Apart from this, it is important to ensure that high quality and accessible education is available at affordable prices if not free. At the moment, we are lacking in the number of schools in a our rural communities making it harder for children in these areas to access education and prevent illiteracy, thus it is important we provide adequate government funding to ensure schools are established in these areas so that no one is disadvantaged because of where they live.

  • Tsz Yung Frederick

    July 2, 2024 at 3:00 pm

    Do you know the illiteracy rates in your country?

    Yes, I do. According to the 2016 population census (I understand it is outdated), the literacy rate of individuals between 15-34 was 99.9%, while literacy rates were lower for older generations and young children (toddlers might not be literate yet).

    How could you reduce illiteracy rates in your community? (school, university, or city)

    Given that illiteracy isn’t a big problem in Hong Kong, I think the city would be a good source of outward assistance in combating illiteracy in less developed regions. Whilst face-to-face education may be the most practical and efficient means of teaching, it could be costly and exhaustive due to the lack of manpower and connectivity in less developed areas. Online education could become a better short-term alternative to tackling illiteracy (I believe that hybrid is the best), however, that would require an adequate internet infrastructure and easy access to electronic devices. If these conditions are met, students could be enrolled on courses and be taught from thousands of miles away, even allowing for higher quality education that is offered in more developed regions.

    Unfortunately, providing these online educational infrastructures would not be enough to solve problems. In agricultural and labour-intensive societies, children may be forced to work instead of receiving an education as a means to sustain the family. Under these conditions, providing these tools would not necessarily translate into a person becoming educated. Poverty is at the heart of this issue and has to be tackled simultaneously.

  • Sarina

    July 2, 2024 at 6:38 pm

    1) Prior to starting this course, I did not know the illiteracy rates in my country. After researching, I found that in the United States, 21% of adults have low literacy rates, based on the PIAAC literacy survey. 66% of adults with low literacy skills were actually born in the US, despite common misconceptions.

    2) To improve literacy rates in my community, it is vital to bring awareness to communities about the importance of literacy. Then, we have to provide opportunities for students to learn how to read and write. These opportunities must be affordable or even free. These opportunities can come in different forms – such as tutoring or even group lessons after school or work to better cater to the demographic in need. These lessons can be for all age groups as well, as every individual deserves the chance to learn how to read and write.

  • Iyanna

    July 2, 2024 at 9:58 pm

    1. Currently in America, the illiteracy rate is relatively low at 21%. Compared to other countries we are doing well but it is always a goal to get it below 10% and even maybe one day to 1%.

    2. A great way for me in specific to help illiteracy in my community would be opening tutoring sessions in a library for adult who don’t know how to read but seek the ability too. It’s hard to learn at super an old age and there aren’t many opportunities for someone to teach them. Giving them a place to feel comfortable and learn is a great way to get the rate a little lower. One person at a time.

  • Lydia

    July 4, 2024 at 11:22 pm

    Do you know the illiteracy rates in your country?

    – While the literacy rate in Canada is at 99%, 49% of adults cannot read or write above high school rates.

    2- How could you reduce illiteracy rates in your community? (school, university, or city)

    – I could reduce the illiteracy rates in my community by approaching the problem from multiple angles. I would raise awareness about this issue and generate momentum so that others will be inspired to contribute as well. I would also try to find solutions to provide people with access and opportunities to boost their literacy/reading abilities. This could be done in the form of classes or sessions.

  • Erin

    July 5, 2024 at 1:59 am
    • Do you know the illiteracy rates in your country?
    • How could you reduce illiteracy rates in your community? (school, university, or city)

    I didn’t know the literacy rates in New Zealand, after googling it I found out that only 45% of adults had the literacy skill of Levels 1 and 2 which are ages between 15 and 17.

    To reduce illiteracy rates in the community we could promote literacy programs so we can extend the skills of the people that are already literate. We could also make more compulsory programs for primary school kids to allow kids to have those skills at a young age, we could make these be fun activities so the younger kids are more engaged.

  • Ayishath

    July 6, 2024 at 12:45 am

    1. I knew, in Kuwait, the illiteracy rate is quite low recently. According to a report in 2015 published by the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI), about 133,473 people were illiterate, while 902,492 people were able to read and write but didn’t have any educational certificates and among males, the illiteracy rate was 1.07%, and for females, 5.02%,-majority-of-the-kuwaiti-population-is-illiterate. According to recent report, the literacy rate stands at 96%, for males, the literacy rate is 97.1% and for females, it’s 95.4%

    2. Launch targeted campaigns to address illiteracy, using social media, TV and community outreach to raise awareness. Recognize the diverse population in countries and offer literacy programs in many languages spoken by the residents. Since I take my classes from a school in the US. To reduce illiteracy, I would propose my school to set up literacy programs and enhancing library services online or organize literacy events to promote reading and writing skills among students.

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