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 7 Notes
  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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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

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