“Women still account for almost two-thirds of all adults
unable to read – 515 million of them lack basic reading skills.”
A person is defined as ‘functionally literate’ when they can engage in all those activities in which literacy is required for effective functioning of their group and community and also for enabling them to continue to use reading, writing and calculation for their own and the community’s development’. Up to 50% of children in Asia-Pacific Region are unable to read and understand a simple sentence by the age 10.
Learning in the mother tongue is vital, especially in primary school, to avoid knowledge gaps and increase the speed of learning and comprehension. SDG 4 thematic indicator 4.5.2. measures the share of students whose first or home language is used in education as a language of instruction. Currently, almost 40% of children don’t get education with language they understand.
“In India’s Odisha state, multilingual education covered about 1,500 primary schools and 21 tribal languages of instruction.
Just 41 countries worldwide recognize sign 18 language as an official language, of which 21 are in the European Union.(GEM 2020)
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Practical tool for supporting literacy and reading is LearnBig App, which offers free access to books and teaching materials in Thai, Burmese, Karen and Malay.