Study finds nearly all Yan­gon adults can read

The Myanmar Times - - News - EI SHWE PHYU news­room@mm­

NEARLY ev­ery adult in Yan­gon Re­gion can read, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent sur­vey or­gan­ised by the re­gional ed­u­ca­tion of­fice.

The find­ing that 99.89 per­cent of the adult res­i­dents in the com­mer­cial cap­i­tal are lit­er­ate was an­nounced at the 50th In­ter­na­tional Lit­er­acy Cer­e­mony, held at Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion High School 4 in Ahlone town­ship on Septem­ber 9.

This is in con­trast to the coun­try as a whole, where the il­lit­er­acy rate is around 8pc, with 3.5 mil­lion Myan­mar cit­i­zens aged 15 and above un­able to read, Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion U Myo Thein Gyi said at an event in Nay Pyi Taw in July.

The Yan­gon lit­er­acy rate was de­ter­mined by sur­veys con­ducted by the Yan­gon Re­gional Ed­u­ca­tion of­fice ear­lier this year. They spoke with peo­ple at cour­ses aimed at erad­i­cat­ing il­lit­er­acy be­tween April 1 and May 15.

In Myan­mar, the ba­sic lit­er­acy move­ment started in 1964 and re­ceived lit­er­acy awards from the United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion (UN­ESCO) in 1971 and 1983.

Over the past 25 years, from 1990 to 2015, youth il­lit­er­acy rates fell 25pc, ac­cord­ing to UN­ESCO.

World­wide, there are 750 mil­lion peo­ple who can­not read or write, ac­cord­ing to UN­ESCO.

About 2.7 mil­lion Myan­mar kids be­tween five and 16 years old do not go to school or have dropped out, U Myo Thein Gyi said in July.

– Trans­la­tion by Emoon

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