0826 GMT March 19, 2019
Literacy rate among Iranians has increased to 87 percent in the year to March 2018 from 48 percent in 1976, said Iran’s education minister.
According to Fars News Agency, Mohammad Bathaie, who was speaking at a gathering to mark International Literacy Day on September 8, said, “We are witness to education of computer skills in country’s education system and diversifying the methods of literacy learning such as through tablets and TV.”
The designation of 2018 International Literacy Day as ‘literacy and skills development’ indicates the importance of improving skills alongside writing and reading, he said.
International Literacy Day was observed around the world with the theme ‘Literacy and skills development’. Despite progress made, challenges in literacy persist, and at the same time the demands for skills required for work, evolve rapidly.
This year, the day explores and highlights integrated approaches that simultaneously can support the development of literacy and skills, to ultimately improve people’s life and work and contribute to equitable and sustainable societies.
The literacy rate among Iranians aged between 10 and 49 is 97 percent.
Tehran, Mazandaran, Semnan, Alborz and Isfahan provinces have the highest literacy rate while Sistan-Baluchestan, West Azarbaijan, Kurdestan, Kerman and Lorestan have the lowest rate.