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Literacy in Poorer Countries

Even with what the world has had so far, it's been doing better than most people would believe, like that steady upward trends in calories per day. The numbers look the same for a dozen other countries than these four: literacy rates up about 20% over 23 years. For the worst countries, the relative jump is greater: in India, 3 can read now where 2 could in 1980. But everywhere, the trend is upward, wherever they started from. There's a big market out there for information.

© Roy Brander, P.Eng 2008