0734 GMT September 23, 2019
Ali Baqerzadeh added that Iran has about 1.5 million illiterate people, adding that they are expected to participate in literacy courses over the next two years.
He said the government revived the High Council of Literacy to make related policies and support ILMO’s plans.
The official said regulations concerning incentives and obligations considered for promoting literacy are under scrutiny in the government's Social Commission.
Baqerzadeh said there is no restriction for enrollment in literacy courses, adding that all illiterate people who are willing to participate in literacy courses will be welcomed and there is no difference between urban and rural areas in this regard.
“A special fund has been allocated to provinces that have the largest number of illiterate people, including Lorestan, Kurdestan, North Khorasan, Sistan-Baluchestan and West Azarbaijan,” he said.
Baqerzadeh said earlier efforts are underway to eradicate illiteracy by the end of the Fifth National Development Plan (2015)
“Improving literacy is not only a cultural and educational move, but also impacts all sections of the society,” he said.
He said executive officials should have a strong determination to eradicate illiteracy.
Baqerzadeh noted that there is a meaningful link between illiteracy and crimes such that with the rise in the number of educated people, the rate of crimes will decline.