The forum specifically analyzes literacy rates among people aged 15 years and older.
Referring specifically to data provided by "ESE - Salento University Publishing," the forum highlights that:
- Literacy rates grew steadily but rather slowly until the beginning of the 20th century;
- The rate of growth increased sharply after the mid-20th century when education became a global priority.
In fact, UNESCO data show that in 2019 the literacy rate for young people was nearly 92 percent worldwide, up from 77 percent in 1975.
A sharp setback to education, however, came with the Covid-19 pandemic. In the early stages of the pandemic, in fact, school closures disrupted the education of 62 percent of the world's student population.