250 million children cannot read or write
A new report from the United Nations says more than 250 million children of primary school age cannot read or write. It said they could also not do basic mathematics. The report said that 120 million children have spent little or no time in school. The researchers said children not going to school means countries lose money. Each year, governments lose up to $130 billion. Vibeke Jensen, a U.N. spokeswoman, said there was a global "learning crisis". She said this was because there were not enough well-trained teachers in poor areas. She said that in a third of countries, 75 per cent of primary school teachers do not have enough training. She added: "The issue now is to put the focus on quality."
The report said that most of those not going to school were girls. It said it was important that developing countries educate girls. Sending girls to school can increase a country's wealth by 25 per cent over 40 years. The report said that almost two-thirds (66%) of girls in Arab countries and sub-Saharan Africa would never go to school. In Yemen, just 36 per cent of young women are literate. The Reuters news agency said: "If current trends continue, the poorest part of the young female population in developing countries won't achieve literacy until 2072" There was some good news. In Laos, Rwanda and Vietnam, the number of children not going to school fell by 85 per cent in the last five years.
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1. What else could the children not do besides read and write?
a) speak English
b) do maths
2. How much time do 120 million children spend in school?
a) 50 hours a week
b) 7 hours a day
c) 4 days a week
d) little or no time
3.How much money do countries lose by not educating children?
a) $130 billion
d) $130 million
4. What did the woman say countries should focus on?
5.What kind of crisis did a UN spokeswoman talk of?
a) a not-so-serious one
b) a humanitarian one
c) a learning crisis
d) an urgent one
6.How much richer could a country get by educating girls?
a) 25% richer
b) 40% richer
c) 66% richer
d) 85% richer
7.What proportion of girls in Arab countries may not go to school?
8.In what country can only 36% of girls read and write?
9.When might developing countries achieve literacy?
d) the end of this year
10.How much did the rate of children not going to school fall by in Laos?
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