Illiteracy eradicationrequires support & cooperation [Archives:2005/807/Community]

January 13 2005

Yasser Mohammed Al-Mayyasi
The Arab World, including Yemen celebrated the Arab Day for Illiteracy Eradication on Jan. 8, that was organized by the Arab Organization for Education, Culture and Sciences.

A number of regional organizations and authorities as well as other organizations concerned with illiteracy eradication and foreign embassies to Yemen celebrated the occasion.

Illiteracy is one of the major issues from which the developing countries all over the world suffer as it has negative influences on the society and hinders development.

Despite the fact that Yemen suffers from several economic problems, it was one of the countries that brought forth several solutions for this issue. In 1998, the law No. 28 concerning illiteracy was drafted as well as the National Strategy for Illiteracy Eradication & Adult Learning No.196.

In Yemen the rate of illiteracy has increased, partly due to rapid population growth rate, and primary education that does not include both sexes of children at the age of 6-14. The national survey for the phenomenon of poverty conducted in 1999 released that the rate of male and female children enrolled in primary schools is only 59.3%.

Our country requires double efforts both internally and internationally to help overcome these problems.