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News in Brief 26 March 2021

  • Alert over Eritrea refugees after camps found destroyed in Ethiopia
  • 100 million more children fail minimum reading proficiency because of COVID
  • Severe insecurity in Angola driving families to Nambia
A young girl does her school work in Karachi, Pakistan.
UN Photo/John Isaac

On International Day, UN promotes online literacy in digital world

New technologies open opportunities to improve lives and connect globally, but they can also marginalize those who are illiterate and lack other essential skills needed to navigate them, a senior United Nations official today said, highlighting that some 750 million adults worldwide are not literate.
A UNESCO-Federal Government-supported literacy class in Kano, North-West Nigeria, being part of the project, 'Revitilising Adult and Youth Literacy in Nigeria'.
UNIC Lagos

Spread of literacy among women highlighted in UNESCO anniversary global review

The increase in reading and writing proficiency among women is a result of the significant up tic in their enrolment and completion of primary education over the last five decades, even as overall funding for adult literacy has remained low, a recently-launched study by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has found.