Literacy Rate, Standard of Living, Cycle of Poverty

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Literacy Rate, Standard of Living, Cycle of Poverty

  1. 1. Literacy and the Standard of Living in Latin America Mrs. Sample 6th Grade
  2. 2. What is Literacy Rate? • A literate person is one who can read and write. • Major factor in whether a person can get a job and be successful in the workplace. • A country’s literacy rate is the percentage of the population over age 15 that can read and write.
  3. 3. • The standard of living (“economic level” achieved by a person, family, or country) is often higher in countries where the literacy rate is high. • If a country has a low literacy rate, do you think it will have a high or low standard of living? High Literacy Rate = High Standard of Living
  4. 4. Cycle of Poverty • Having basic reading & writing skills is very important ▫ Without skills, workers are stuck in the lowest-paying jobs • A cycle of poverty can develop when people cannot get an education… ▫ Uneducated are forced to get low-paying jobs, so they cannot get enough money to pay for their children’s education…cycle continues for generations • The standard of living remains low for these families because their education level is low
  5. 5. Literacy in Latin America • The countries of Latin America have improved the literacy rates of their people in the past decade. • On average, 89% of Latin Americans are literate. ▫ Unfortunately, this means that the illiteracy rate is 11%.
  6. 6. • The goal of every country is to have 100% literacy rates among its people. • One reason that many people cannot read/write is that their communities cannot afford to pay for teachers or schools. • Many governments, missionaries, & aid groups come to the poorest countries in Latin America & are assisting the people in educating their children.
  7. 7. Boys Vs. Girls • In some Latin American cultures, it’s more important for boys to have an education than girls. ▫ They believe that it is not as important for girls to learn to read/write as it is for boys. • Literacy Rates in the Region: ▫ Girls: 88% Boys: 91% • In some countries, the difference between boys & girls is much larger.

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