These Facts you should know about Illiteracy in India


Every issue that our society faces is like a link of a chain. Each issue is connected to another, either directly or indirectly. The chain of issues in this society that we live in, the strongest link of that chain is illiteracy. Illiteracy is the mother of all issues as it gives birth to many other issues like poverty, unemployment, child labour, female foeticide, population burst and many more.

Below are some facts we must all know about India’s standing on the literacy chart:

illiterate adults in India are women

68% of total illiterate adults in India are women. [ Join: Women Empowerment NGO in India ]

children in India don’t attend school

84 Million children in India don’t attend school. [ Join: Child Education NGO in India ]

children are forced to earn livelihood

About 78 lakh children are forced to earn livelihood even as they attend schools. [ Join: NGO Working for Child Education ]

out of school children in India are girls

1/2 of the out of school children in India are girls. In the next census they will be calculated as illiterate women, which would then have a ripple effect on the education of their children.

illiterate adults

India has the largest population of illiterate adults at 287 million (37% of the global total). China, the second on the list has just 54 million. (via: UNESCO).

female literacy

India is ranked 123rd out of 135 countries in female literacy rate.

illiterate population in India

The illiterate population in India is four times the total population of France.

Not only the government or NGO in India, but every educated individual needs to accept the eradication of illiteracy as a personal mission. Small efforts on your part can make a big contribution in eradicating the menace. Mission Education is one of the initiatives, whose aim is to provide education to out-of-school and the poorest of the poor children across India. In the last 10 years, over 200,000 children have been provided education directly under this initiative.

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