Literacy Rate and the Standard of Living in Europe

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Literacy Rate and the Standard of Living in Europe

  1. 1. Literacy Rate and the Standard of Living in Europe
  2. 2. What is Literacy Rate? <ul><li>A literate person is one who can read and write </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Major factor in whether a person can get a job and be successful in the workplace </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A country’s literacy rate is the percentage of the population over age 15 that can read and write </li></ul>
  3. 3. High Literacy Rates <ul><li>Most European countries have high literacy rates </li></ul><ul><li>Many European countries are industrialized—they depend on manufacturing rather than farming for their wealth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The increased wealth allows these countries to provide better education and health care </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The standard of living is high… </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The standard of living ( economic level of the people in the country ) is often higher in countries where the literacy rate is high </li></ul>High Literacy Rate = High Standard of Living
  5. 5. <ul><li>The goal of every country is to have 100% literacy rates among its people </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One reason that many people cannot read/write is that their communities cannot afford to pay for teachers or schools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Many governments, missionaries, & aid groups come to the poorest countries to assist the people in educating their children </li></ul>
  6. 6. Cycle of Poverty <ul><li>Having basic reading & writing skills is very important </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Without skills, workers are stuck in the lowest-paying jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A cycle of poverty can develop when people cannot get an education… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Illiterate people are forced to get low-paying jobs, so they cannot get enough money to pay for their children’s education …cycle continues for generations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The standard of living remains low for these families because their education level is low </li></ul>
  7. 7. Cycle of Poverty <ul><li>Without the skills of reading and writing, workers cannot get better jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Developing countries are poor, and their people are uneducated </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is difficult to pay for education, when there is little money for food… </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. United Kingdom & Germany <ul><li>Literacy rate of both countries is nearly 100% </li></ul><ul><li>Both countries have made large investments in human capital </li></ul><ul><li>Workforce is very well trained & educated </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This has helped the standard of living in these countries improve over time </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Russia <ul><li>Russia has the most poverty of the 3 countries… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In the former Soviet Union, the government assigned everyone a job </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Today, workers must show that they are skilled & valuable to the business in order to keep their jobs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Russia’s government is now spending large amounts of money to train workers & educate youth so that they have more opportunities to be successful in the economy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poverty is slowly declining, & Russia’s economy is growing </li></ul></ul>

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