Achieving literacy of young women to take more than half a century

The Unesco Education for All Global Monitoring Report data says there is gender imbalance in global education and the gender summary, which analyses the data from the report, says achieving female youth literacy will take at least 56 more years for India. There are over 100 million young women in low and lower middle income countries who cannot read a sentence. 31 million girls who are out of school are prevented from enrolling in school.

The South-West Asia factsheet of the report says literacy skills in young women are not well developed if they haven’t spent more than a few years in school. Many students who have completed primary school cannot be said to have achieved literacy. The report says young women in India are not able to achieve literacy (90%) even after they have completed four years of school. 30% are unable to achieve literacy after five to six years in school. Similar data for young females in Bhutan says achieving universal literacy is not expected until 2083 and Pakistan is not expected to achieve literacy of young women till the 22nd Century. India is expected to achieve the female youth literacy in the decade between 2070 and 2080.

The gender summary also says there should be new global development goals after 2015 including equal chance of education for every child. 60% of countries achieved gender equality in primary education and 38% of countries achieved it in secondary education.

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