Some 53% of children in low- and middle-income countries experience “learning poverty”—meaning they are unable to read and understand simple text by age 10. To spur progress, the World Bank set a new target to cut “learning poverty” in half by 2030. Achieving this goal would require a “near tripling” of the current rate of progress and would still leave a learning poverty rate of 27%. But under a “business as usual scenario,” learning poverty would only fall to 43% by 2030, according to a new report, Ending Learning Poverty: What will it take?
Adapted from Ending Learning Poverty: What will it take?