Over ONE BILLION PEOPLE cannot READ or WRITE in the World. Global illiteracy is one of the most powerful obstacles to people becoming self sufficient & thriving.
Global Literacy is Possible
A Powerful Vision for the World
Imagine a world where everyone has enough. Every human being can read, write, and is able to sustain himself/herself without charity. It is possible! Though, research has shown to end global poverty, literacy is tantamount. Dreamweaver believes this is possible.
From a historical perspective, literacy levels for the world population have risen dramatically in the last two centuries. In 1820, only 12% of the people in the world could read and write. Today, 86% of the world's population is literate. However, a disproportionate number of people in under-resourced countries remain unable to read and write. For example, in Niger (Central Africa) the literacy rate among youth (15-24 years) is only 36.5%. Many countries have literacy rates over 95% and some are nearly 100%. Though, a small percentage of people even in the United States, Europe, and other developed regions of the world, are unable to read and write.
While the earliest forms of written communication date back to 3500 B.C.E., literacy remained restricted to the elite (powerful figures in society) for centuries. In the Middle Ages when book production started developing as result of the invention of the printing press (1440 - J. Gutenberg), literacy among the general population slowly started becoming important in the Western World.