Literacy and Liberty

Investigative Project Draft
Posted by: , November 19, 2018, 11:06 am
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Guiding Questions:

-To what degree do literacy rates effect the size of a nation’s economy?

– How is literacy defined in the Africa’s sub-Saharan region?

– What external factors contribute to the low literacy rates of this region?

-How prevalent are non-profit and philanthropic education programs in this region, and what effect are they having?

The vast majority of Americans are literate, and learning to read and write is the first concept children are taught as they begin to receive an education. Along with a high literacy rate, the United States has the largest economy in the world. The relationship between literacy and the state of a countries economy is clear; the higher a nation’s literacy rate is, the greater chance they are also maintaining a healthier economy (with exceptions of Russia and Israel). Does a higher literacy rate create a healthier economy, or does a healthier economy create a higher literacy rate? Africa’s sub-Saharan region has the lowest literacy rates in the world as well as some of the poorest countries. A lack of transportation, technology, and funding has been at the root of the literacy crisis in the region. As a region reliant on agriculture and the mining of natural resources, improving the literacy rate would be a solution to diversifying the economies of nations in this region, and further development overall.

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Reed–your choice to focus on nations in sub-Saharan Africa is sounds, and will bear further specification (perhaps as opposed to extended comparison with “developed” nations). In fact, it might be helpful to home in on specific sites in which governments or NGOs are working deliberately on public literacy and economic development, and to investigate the motives, situations, and outcomes of such programs. Nice start!

   Professor Seiler 11.20.18 @ 2:09 pm

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