WRITING TASK 1 #Global and regional adult literacy rates

WRITING TASK 1 #Global and regional adult literacy rates

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The table shows the estimated global and regional adult literacy rates in 2016.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
Write at least 150 words.

  Total Male Female
World 86 90 83
Europe and North America 99 99 99
Eastern and South-Eastern Asia 96 97 94
Latin America and the Caribbean 94 94 93
North Africa and Western Asia 81 86 74
Southern Asia 72 80 63
Sub-Sahara Africa 65 72 57

Data source: Unesco Institute for Statistics


Sample Answer

The table compares literacy rates for men and women in Europe and different regions of America, Asia and Africa in the year 2106. The world’s average literacy figures for both the genders are also included.

Overall, what stands out from the table is that there were clear regional differences in the number of literate people. Europe and North America observed the highest literacy rates while the figures were considerably lower in both Southern Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa.

Looking at the details, 86% of the world’s population was able to read and write in 2016, but males outnumbered females (90% versus 83%). Regionally, Europe and North America topped the list with 99% literacy for both men and women. Eastern and South-Eastern Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean were at the second and third positions respectively. Their literacy rates were 96% and 94%. Notably, the figures for both men and women were almost the same in these regions.

In the other listed regions, there were significant differences in literacy rates for both the genders. In Sub-Sahara Africa only 57% females were able to read and write, whereas the figure for Western Asian women was 17% higher. Gender disparity was prevalent in Southern Asia as well. (203 Words.)

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