37% of All the Illiterate Adults in the World Are Indian

Though literacy rates are improving, population growth keeps illiterate numbers high

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India has 287 million illiterate adults, the largest population globally and 37% of the world total, says a report by U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, also known as UNESCO.

India’s literacy rate increased by 15% between 1991 and 2006, but subsequent population growth had meant the total number of illiterate people has remained roughly the same.

India devotes around 10.5% of its total government expenditure on education. But while rich states like Kerala spend around $685 per pupil per year, in poorer states like Bihar expenditure is only around $100.

[The Hindu]

22 comments
vaishnavjagdip
vaishnavjagdip

What is most disappointing that India even though potential in natural resources, human intellectuals remains poor 

since decades ,& with  huge number of illiterates .


Rampant corruption, deficit governance hammers on economic growth,corruption takes away public /tax payer money

inequality gap widens year after year, rich becomes richer, poor becomes poorer.


Politicians when start realising that real achievement is public satisfaction ,not personal gain only then we can expect

rosy days ahead for India 


nicole_xi
nicole_xi

no wonder India is a "rapist" nation adhering to its caste system

monalisa
monalisa

but they always win the spelling bee...

RW911
RW911

I, as an Indian, donate to orgns that educate children. That's how I'm helping. Educating adults however, to be honest, I think is a lost cause at least in India because they already have sources of income (i suppose)


Edit - this is what I can do the best of my limited means. The baby boomers of India have failed it, no doubt about it, a bit like those in the west caused the 2008 financial crisis but just that Indian boomers did it by causing over 20 years of lost growth and potential.

vedantadharma
vedantadharma

@TimRobinsonAus  How ignorant you have to be - belonging to land of Aus which you guys conveniently stole from the native Ab originals - then stole there childrens and had a 'white only' policy until recently what right do you have to preach anyone about democracy/leadership or otherwise. India is a complex country with a vibrant democracy but your mind might not comprehend what it means when you have 29 states, 1.25 BILLION people, 44 official languages over 22 officially recognised religions. So you bogan better get back to your Beer and focus on more important issues like a Footy match. 

TimRobinsonAus
TimRobinsonAus

Savages. Women are objects, poor are slaves to the few rich, unable to be educated all without leadership thats not so corrupt it's only new ideas are how to lie to the world

A waste of democracy

England should have just taken what's wasted on the sub Asian continent and not bothered trying culture, civilisation or education.

TimRobinsonAus
TimRobinsonAus

Your people suffer, that is not democracy..... Does democracy bring suffering while your leaders shower themselves with glory by trying to reach space ...... That's a waste of democracy.

Thank you for acknowledging so much about Australia's peaceful pastimes ..... At least you know enough not to lie about the faked racism there

Btw I agree, that's why I only live here, from NZ, and with many second gen Indians as friends, who all agree

Ashoknair1
Ashoknair1

@TimRobinsonAus Englad  didnt  give  anyting  than looting  the  riches  of india, they  dint  come here  to  save the country they came for business  and  they looted  all  by  divide and  rule policy ?

rohitscripts
rohitscripts

So what are YOU going to do to help the situation?

NandaKishoreN
NandaKishoreN

@TimRobinsonAus  Second-Gen Indians are NOT Indians actually.  They r either Australians or Americans or whatever, wherever they are.  They've got NO idea what-so-ever about what's India.

Just like U, they've heard Second-Hand information about India from the Racist-Imperial-White-Media.  So their agreeing to anything what U say doesn't matter much; nor it's any basis.

TimRobinsonAus
TimRobinsonAus

Just goes to show how weak your culture is that a failed colonial power had such an effect

China shrugged off opium... Why does India languish in poverty

TimRobinsonAus
TimRobinsonAus

@NandaKishoreN @TimRobinsonAus your race is one of savagery and tribalism


you are no more socially evolved than animals - these 2nd generation people are 2nd generation for a reason, the first generation realised how savage and degrading their homeland is...

TimRobinsonAus
TimRobinsonAus

@AceSee@TimRobinsonAus its easy to say how you could make the mistake - Indian leaders have hidden the truth behind irrelevant statistics for so long that its bound to become commonplace


its ok 

TimRobinsonAus
TimRobinsonAus

@AceSee@TimRobinsonAus i can easily read and see where it says that rate has stagnated for 7 years now....?? while India wasting money shooting for the moon, your people remain as ignorant to the truth as yourself


by the way, the statistic you state is not actually relevant to total population... you'll find that the relative value is the 287million that have remained unable to read

AceSee
AceSee

@TimRobinsonAusDo you know how math works? 15% increase in literacy means what? especially for a country with a population of 1B?  It might take you a day to solve this problem.  LOL.