Literacy of young Iranians 6% higher than the world average
TEHRAN – The average youth literacy rate (15-24 age group) in Iran is estimated at 97.4 percent, almost 6 percent higher than the world average, said Shapour Mohammadzadeh, head of the Literacy Movement Organization.
The global youth literacy rate is estimated at 91 percent, he added, IRNA reported on Saturday.
In the 15 and over age group, the average literacy rate is 86 percent globally and in Iran, Mohammadzadeh noted.
Literacy rate at 96.6%
The literacy rate among Iranians aged 10 to 49 has reached 96.6 percent, Mohammadzadeh said in January.
Before the  Islamic Revolution, according to a census taken in 1976, more than 51% of the population was illiterate, he said, adding, over the past four decades, in the Iranian calendar year 1395 (March 2016-March 2017), the literacy rate in the 10-49 age group reached 94.7 percent.
Towards the eradication of illiteracy
About 50 percent of the activities of the Literacy Movement Organization focus on empowering literacy so that there is no return to illiteracy.
The literacy gap between men and women has grown from 26 percent before the 1979 Islamic revolution to 2.8 percent, Mohammadzadeh said in August 2020.
The difference in literacy rates between urban and rural areas increased from 34.9% in 1976 to around 12% in 2019, demonstrating a significant increase in the literacy rate in rural areas.
According to censuses carried out between 1976 and 2016, the literacy rate in urban areas rose from 65.5% to 99.8%. At the same time, the literacy rate in rural areas increased from 30.5% to 78.5%.
Allocating about 80 percent of literacy activities to girls and women, especially in rural areas, resulted in a faster increase in the female literacy index.
According to a census carried out in the Iranian calendar year 1395 (March 2016-March 2017), there are 2.6 million illiterates in the age group of 10 to 49 years in the country, of which 360,000 are foreign nationals.
The organization plans to educate more than 30,000 illiterate foreign nationals residing in the country, Mohammadzadeh said in December 2020.
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