Illiteracy: A Global Challenge
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), more than 771 million adults around the world cannot read. Eighty-five percent live in 35 countries and more than two-thirds are women.
The consequences become evident in the numbers. For example, in one African country alone the literacy rate among men is 26% while among women it is 11%.
Another consequence of illiteracy is the pressure put upon the population dynamics because of family size. Literate women average 2 children per family while illiterate women give birth to 6-8 children.
Literacy ought to make a difference in a woman's life and consequently in the life of her family.
For more information visit http://www.sil.org/literacy/wom_lit.htm
- Educated women are more likely to use health clinics and return to the clinic if their children's health does not improve.
- Educated women tend to begin their families at a later age and have fewer, healthier children.
- A 1% rise in women's literacy is 3 times more likely to reduce deaths in children than a 1% rise in the number of doctors. (Based upon a United Nations study of 46 countries.)
- For women, 4 to 6 years of education led to a 20% drop in infant deaths
- Women with more education generally have better personal health and nutrition.
- The families of women with some education tend to have better housing, clothing, income, water, and sanitation.
- Global Conference on Health in Geneva, Switzerland
- Heather-Dawn Small travel to SSD
- Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day
- Women's Ministries Literacy Centers around the world.
August 22: Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day. For more information and to download free packet, visit adventistwomensministries.org