Jamwriter 8020 Initiative
Literacy in 2022
Illiteracy = Poverty
Literacy = Freedom
Today in 2022, almost 20% of the world is illiterate
That’s over 1.5 billion people.
And they're illiterate because they don’t have the resources and opportunities to learn to read.
Many African countries have the lowest literacy rates.
Chad - 2016 - 22.31%
Guinea - 2014 - 32.00%
South Sudan - 2018 - 34.52%
Niger - 2018 - 35.05%
Mali - 2018 - 35.47%
Central African Republic - 37.40%
Burkina Faso - 2018 - 41.22%
Benin - 2018 - 42.36%
And in war-torn countries, like Afghanistan (2018 - 43.02%) and Sierra Leone (2018 - 43.21%) access to education is limited and in many cases non-existent.
And also consider the western world, the countries that score 99% literacy.
The world literacy map looks like this.
But it’s not a completely true picture. There are regions within those high literacy countries that are equally shut out from the written word, equally impoverished. They don't get a spot on the map.
Just think what they'd all say if they had access to the opportunities we do. 20% of the human population, suddenly able to learn, contribute, innovate and be heard.
Think back to another time of unequal opportunity. In America in the 20th century and what came out of that. The blues. The spirituals. A movement that formed modern music today.
What if that could happen again? What stories could 1.7 billion people tell? An explosion of new voices. Creating something wonderful.
Whether you’re in the desert in Chad or in a run down neighbourhood of Chicago, you can help and you can learn.