Is literacy important? Well, without a lot of people who can read and write, this WLF website would have collapsed long ago. But illiteracy is a problem - and not only in developing countries. In an article about an Irish TV comedy series that touches upon illiteracy there is the following quote:
Source: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...287750128.htmlIsnít it shocking that there may be hundreds of thousands of adults in Ireland, who have spent at least 10 years in our national education system, who can neither read nor write?
This does make you think what the situation is like in Britain, the USA, etc., as well. In the developing countries the situation can be dire. Author Brian James, himself from Sierra Leone, claims that some 70% of the population there is illiterate. How many Tunisians can read and write, or Pakistanis, Iranians, Iraqis? Surely illiteracy leads to employment frustration, therefore indirectly to violence?
If you give an illiterate person a free computer, this might look good for national statistics, but he will only play computer games involving killing the enemy on it, and will never be able to read even a daily newspaper. Think about it.