Literacy Rate And The Standard Of Living

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Literacy Rate And The Standard Of Living

  1. 1. Literacy and the Standard of Living in Latin America Unit 6 Notes
  2. 2. What is Literacy Rate? <ul><li>A literate person is one who can read and write. </li></ul><ul><li>Major factor in whether a person can get a job and be successful in the workplace. </li></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. Literacy in Latin America <ul><li>The countries of Latin America have improved the literacy rates of their people in the past decade. </li></ul><ul><li>On average, 89% of Latin Americans are literate. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unfortunately, this means that the illiteracy rate is 11%. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The standard of living (“economic level” achieved by a person, family, or country) is often higher in countries where the literacy rate is high. </li></ul>High Literacy Rate = High Standard of Living
  5. 5. Boys Vs. Girls <ul><li>In some Latin American cultures, it’s more important for boys to have an education than girls. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They believe that it is not as important for girls to learn to read/write as it is for boys. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Literacy Rates in the Region: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Girls: 88% Boys: 91% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In some countries, the difference between boys & girls is much larger. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>The goal of every country is to have 100% literacy rates among its people. </li></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><li>Many governments, missionaries, & aid groups come to the poorest countries in Latin America & are assisting the people in educating their children. </li></ul>
  7. 7. 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>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 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The standard of living remains low for these families because their education level is low </li></ul>

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