Literacy Rate And The Standard Of Living
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  • 1. Literacy and the Standard of Living in Latin America Unit 6 Notes
  • 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. 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%.
  • 4.
    • The standard of living (“economic level” achieved by a person, family, or country) is often higher in countries where the literacy rate is high.
    High Literacy Rate = High Standard of Living
  • 5. 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.
  • 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. 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