The World Literacy Foundation has released a report that shows that illiteracy is costing the world $1.19 trillion and the hidden cost of functional illiteracy in the UK tops $127 billion each year – the highest in Europe. This report calls for collective global action to eradicate illiteracy in our society. The research highlights the social and economic impact of a person’s inability to read and write. Illiteracy is ruining lives and is linked with an array of poor life outcomes, such as poverty, unemployment social exclusion, crime and long term illness.
Leadership Briefing issue 6.10 (70)