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More than 14 million of young in Egypt are illiterate

The official figures were released by the country’s statistics agency on the eve of International Literacy Day

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The number of illiterates in Egypt above the age of 10 – those who cannot read or write – is more than 14 million, according to Ahram Online citing the country’s official statistics agency. ‎

The Central Agency for Public ‎Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) on the eve of the International Literacy Day gave the breakup as 9.3 million females and 5.2 million males of the total number of 14.5 million illiterates. ‎

The world is celebrating the ‎‎50th anniversary of the start of International Literacy Day on Thursday September 8.

The statement by the county’s statistics agency ‎added that 23.7 per cent of Egyptians above the age of 15 years are ‎illiterate; 30.9 per cent female and 16.6 per cent male. ‎global rates announced by UNESCO.

UNESCO Institute for Statistics reveals that 758 million adults‎ aged 15 years and older remain ‎illiterate, two-thirds of whom are women. ‎

The CAPMAS statement adds that the illiteracy rate in Egypt for those aged between 15 and 24 is lower than the ‎rate for those above 60, with 6.6 ‎per cent for youths compared to 59.4 per cent for the elderly, which portends that rates of illiteracy can be driven down in the future.